Apple buys health startup founded by Indian-origin duo

Apple buys health startup founded by Indian-origin duo

New York, Aug 23 (IANS) Taking its interest in the digital health sector to the next level, tech giant Apple has quietly acquired personal health data startup Gliimpse founded by two Indian-origin entrepreneurs.

According to media reports, the acquisition reportedly happened earlier but was not publicly announced yet.

An Apple spokesperson has now responded, saying: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Founded in 2013 by Anil Sethi and Karthik Hariharan, Gliimpse provides a secure platform where consumers can manage and share their medical records and info.

According to Sethi’s LinkedIn page, Gliimpse — like many startups — was born of a personal need.

In recent months, Apple has acquired HealthKit, CareKit and ResearchKit startups that allow patients, doctors and researchers to access important health and wellness data via a range of mobile devices.

Apple has also released its HealthKit app which helps users monitor personal health and fitness data on iPhone 6.

The Cupertino-based company has recently been making a push into artificial intelligence through Siri personal assistant and related technologies.

It acquired the machine learning platform Turi for $200 million earlier this month.

Apple also bought machine learning and AI startups like VocalIQ and Perceptio and facial recognition startup Emotient, among others.

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