Gliimpse, a 3 year old Healthcare startup is acquired by Apple Inc as reported by Fastcompany. Founded by Anil Sethi and Karthik Hariharan. Anil Sethi is a serial entrepreneur who once worked as System engineer with Apple and had started companies like Sequoia Software and Pinch Bio. Apart from this, he is also advisor to Global Advances in Health and Medicine (GAHM LLC).
Gliimpse, was founded to address the challenges and issues with managing personal health data. Gliimpse which is focused only on USA helps Americans collect, personalize their individual health data using Gliimpse health data platform, which also lets individual take a picture of their health data and share it.
Apple who already has presence in digital healthcare which applications like HealthKit, CareKit and ResearchKit will get good boost with Gliimpse acquisition as its prime focus is on Cancer and Diabetes. This acquisition will also help Apple in further expanding itself in the digital health industry.
All 3 healthcare services from Apple can use information available and shared through Gliimpse to develop their applications further and give better connect between patient and doctor to understand the medical history and future steps to any ailment the patient is facing.
It is for sure a good news for Apple and Digital Industry but this also raises few questions which are expected to be answered soon:
1. Since data available and saved on Gliimpse is highly sensitive, privacy and security of the data is something Apple will have to look into.
2. Does the acquisition fall under Federal regulators, if yes then will that also impact their other healthcare applications and services?
With iOS 10, Apple has already taken steps towards integrating Gliimpse in its profile by allowing users to store their health records using Health Level 7 Continuity of Care Document Standard (HL7CCD).
Although both Gliimpse and Apple have not confirmed the news, Apple in a statement to FastCompany stated that “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”