Apple buys Gliimpse, apparently looking into health data

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2016, 07:30
Category: Finance, Health, News


Apple has apparently acquired Gliimpse, a health startup whose stated aim is to allow any American to pull together a comprehensive picture of their health, which they would be free to share with medical professionals as desired.

The acquisition reportedly happened “earlier this year” and has yet to be noted by Apple or published on the Gliimpse web site. For its part, Apple offered its usual “non-denial” statement that it ‘buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.’

Interestingly, Gliimpse founder Anil Sethi started out as an Apple engineer back in the late 80s, before becoming a serial entrepreneur after forming and taking public his company Sequoia Software. He said that he formed Gliimpse out of a frustration at the incompatibility of existing Electronic Health Record systems.

While there’s no way to know Apple’s specific plans for the acquisition, the vision is certainly impressive. Apple has already taken one step toward this in iOS 10, allowing users to store electronic health records within the Health app.

As always, stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac and Fast Company

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