Apple has acquired Gliimpse, a startup that specializes in helping users securely collect and share their personal medical records digitally.
A report by Fast Company said the deal went through earlier this year. Apple has confirmed the acquisition which may help it venture into medical records management one day, but did not volunteer any details. Gliimpse has not commented on the business deal.
“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” said the company in a statement.
Gliimpse was founded by Anil Sethi in 2013, who used to worked as a system engineer for Apple in the 80s. The startup began with a simple idea – everyone should be able to manage their health records and share them securely with those they trust.
Apple has increasingly targeted the health sector with its own products and services such as its HealthKit and ResearchKit. The Cupertino company recently launched the CareKit platform which allows companies to develop medical apps. It facilitates this by giving companies access to personal health data collected by Apple devices.
It will be interesting to see how this story develops and what Apple does with the startup. But don’t be surprised, if in the not too distant future, you have your personal health history in the palm of your hands. The ability for Apple’s devices to collect and share one’s medical records would be important to many. By some estimates healthcare is a $9 trillian global business and it is not surprising Apple is striving for a big slice of this pie.