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Apple acquires health data startup Gliimpse: report

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Apple has acquired personal health data startup Gliimpse for an undisclosed amount, reports ET Tech. The startup, which was founded by Anil Sethi and Karthik Hariharan in 2013, was acquired earlier this year, although it was not publicly announced.

It’s not clear what direction the company will head in post acquisition. According to Apple, it acquires smaller companies from time to time, and ‘generally does not discuss our purpose or plans’. Gliimpse let users gather medical records, add documents, enter health data, take surveys and share with doctors.

Gliimpse also claims to have upcoming features like donate data to help find cure, 911 slider to authorize EMTs and ER staff with emergency access to saved info etc. However, as of now, the company’s website is down. It’s not clear if this is due to the acquisition or simply the result of the interest the company is receiving after being acquired by Apple.

Note that Apple has been focusing on its health services, and this acquisition should help it strengthen data collection and management. In March this year, the company announced CareKit in partnership with with medical organizations including John Hopkins University and Stanford Medicine, to create apps and help patients monitor symptoms. The company had previously released ResearchKit, a software framework for medical research that allows researchers to procure data directly from iPhones, turning it into a diagnostic tool of sorts.

Other developments:

– Last month, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said that iPhone sales in India were up 51% year-on-year. Cook also added that “India is now one of our fastest growing markets…We’re looking forward to opening retail stores in India down the road.”

– In June, the government relaxed FDI rule of mandatory 30% local sourcing for opening single brand retail stores for up to three years. The previous month, Cook visited India and wanted the government to drop the 30% local sourcing clause. At the time, the government didn’t agree to Apple’s request.

– In June, at the WWDC 2016, Apple announced iOS 10 with features to display incoming VoIP calls on iPhones as a standard calls along with the default “Remind Me” and “Message” options. Read up on the other updates Apple announced during the conference here.

Also read: Apple pushing subscriptions for apps; introduces ads on App Store search

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