AH Google IO 2014 (900 of 1) Google FIT

Google and Apple: Health Care Modifiers

July 23, 2014 - Written By Phil Bourget

Health is an important factor of life, since without it, obviously, you’ll become ill and die (eventually).  But many companies have taken and tried to take the task of health care and fitness very seriously, but less than all of them are succeeding or are succeeding to the desired extent.  The big names, Apple and Google, are obviously involved, and since they are the biggest names in technology and software for mobile devices, they will likely be leading the mobile health revolution alongside their and other companies’ peripherals.

The likes of Apple and Google have been working to make their mobile OSes able to help and facilitate the trend toward a fit smartphone user.  Samsung has done their part with making their Gear line of devices able to function as fitness trackers, but Google is stepping up for the sake of all of Android with Google Fit, a new program focused on tracking syncing and liberating a user’s fitness data and habits.  Apple has also been hard at work with making a fitness partner for the iOS ecosystem, and they may have that figured out.

Apple has said it is working on partnering with Epic, who handles over half of all of America’s medical records.  The companies partnering and linking themselves would benefit customers and fitness-aficionados alike with the ability to have their doctors get access whenever they needed in between visits or physical exams.  The issue is for the doctors, who would get oceans of data to wade through, whether a desired result or not.  The partnership is all set in stone, and the health professionals can check and simply see a graph of data for patients.

The Google side of things has been not as successful in the past.  Within the past five years, Google had tried to do what Apple has done, make a partnership to simplify health, but also change the system.  Google tried to shake up the health care industry years ago, but with the system so ingrained and set up, Google couldn’t manage that.  Now, Google and Apple plan to go at the health and health care industry differently than each have before.  The two giants hope to show how the health aspect of technology can be improved and augmented.  We just have to wait to see how smartphone users, regardless of operating system, will take, use, and accept (or reject) these movements.