Fitbit and Google team to use machine learning on your fitness data

Fitbit and Google team up on digital health

Notably, Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) stock skyrocketed by 10 percent on Monday following the company announcement of a health-care collaboration with Alphabet's Google. It could also analyze data to determine future health outcomes.

While Fitbit and Google may connect to EMRs, "they likely are doing so on behalf of the consumer, rather than on behalf of the healthcare provider as a covered entity", he says. It's also unknown exactly which current Fitbit wearables will be compatible with the system or if we'll have to wait until next-generation models are released to gain this new functionality.

In a 2015 security incident, hackers gained access to the accounts of dozens of Fitbit wearable fitness device users through leaked email addresses and passwords from third-party sites. This would make it easier for physicians to learn more about a patient and provide more personalized treatment by using the data collected by the patient's Fitbit device.

"Working with Google gives us an opportunity to transform how we scale our business, allowing us to reach more people around the world faster, while also enhancing the experience we offer to our users and the health-care system", Park said. A specially developed dashboard interface will allow users to view the data, but more importantly, it will give doctors the ability to remotely monitor a patient's condition, check in on fitness levels, and request appointments.

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Fitbit's new partnership with Google permits users to connect data with electronic medical records in a clinic or hospital. With this Google seems to take one more step towards the healthcare industry.

The partnership will improve the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, particularly through combination with Fitbit's recently expanded capabilities in the wake of its acquisition of Twine Health - a collaborative disease management platform. Following this Fitbit CEO James Park commented that, "Google's support will help the company innovate faster and bring improved services to users everywhere".

"What will Fitbit and Google do with this data?" The steady flow of health data would also help doctors identify otherwise hard to diagnose diseases and react accordingly, the companies hope. If new information is provided, we will update the article accordingly.

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