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GOQii’s new fitness band: NFC payments, health reports, diagnostics

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Payments via NFC, health reports and diagnostics will now be available on GOQii’s second version of its fitness tracker. The compnay now has a tie-up with Max Healthcare as their hospital and medical partner and with Thyrocare as their diagnostics partner. For NFC payments, it has partnered with Axis Bank.

Through the partnership users who need a specialist consultation will referred to Max Hospital. GOQii also offers  users the convenience to book a diagnostic appointment on its app with Thyrocare. Following the diagnosis all the reports generated will be centralised on the GOQii platform within the Health Locker feature. The health locker will make it available to users, doctors and coaches on or off the platform, with the user’s consent.

Users will also be able to take a comprehensive Health Risk Assessment (HRA) which gives insights into their overall health situation and a health score.

The company added that its health services are not a replacement for user’s regular doctor and does not apply for any emergency medical or chronic situations. The health services will be made available to all users while a hardware upgrade option will be given to existing users.

NFC payments: GOQii’s new fitness tracker also allows NFC payments through Axis Bank. Note that Axis Bank and GOQii said that they were developing a wearable device earlier in February. However, it is necessary for users to have an account on Axis Bank for the the feature and it will be available in over 1 lakh merchant establishments across the country, as indicated by this Tech2 report.

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It’s worth noting that in October, MasterCard introduced a new programme called Commerce For Every Device to allow products such as car key fobs, wearables, and fashion accessories to be converted into a payment device. The agency partnered with General Motors, wearable technology company Nymi, smart jewelry company Ringly, Bluetooth locator TrackR and designer Adam Selman for the programme.

GOQii funding: In November last year, GOQii raised Series A funding worth $13.2 million led by New Enterprise Associates and Cheetah Mobile, with participation from Great Wall Club, DSG Consumer Partners. At the time, it said it would use the funds to expand to China and other unnamed markets. GOQii founder Vishal Gondal launched the fitness tracking solution coupled with human coaches in February 2014 and the fitness solution in August 2014 in India.

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