Breaking: Apple Goes Big on Digital Health, Acquires Gliimpse

According to a Fast Company report, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has acquired personal health data startup Gliimpse for an undisclosed amount.

The move further bolsters Apple’s foray into the digital health space. From the report:

Silicon Valley-based Gliimpse has built a personal health data platform that enables any American to collect, personalize, and share a picture of their health data. The company was started in 2013, and funded by serial entrepreneur Anil Sethi, who has spent the past decade working with health startups, after taking his company Sequoia Software public in 2000. He got his start as a systems engineer at Apple in the late 1980s.

The acquisition happened earlier this year, but Apple has been characteristically quiet about it. The company has now confirmed the purchase, saying: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Apple will likely use Gliimpse to help users consolidate their healthcare information in a single channel. Historically, that’s been a very difficult task for patients, especially those dealing with complex health issues. Apple’s current offerings in the space include HealthKit, CareKit, and ResearchKit, all of which help connect patients, doctors, and researchers with health information on mobile devices.

The deal still hasn’t been formally announced, and given Apple’s ultra-secretive nature about such matters, it may never be.

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Apple shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Monday at $109.10. AAPL has gained 3.9% year-to-date, compared with a 7% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

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