The American multinational technology, Apple has bought Gliimpse, personal health data startup founded by Anil Sethi and Karthik Hariharan, two Indian-origin entrepreneurs. The deal marks the growing interest by Apple in the digital health sector. It is believed that the company was acquired by Apple much before it was recently announced publicly. An Apple spokesperson stated that the company purchases smaller technology companies routinely and avoid discussing its plans or purpose publically.
The Silicon Valley-based Gliimpse was started in 2013 and offers a secure platform to consumers to manage and share their medical records and information. Anil informed through his LinkedIn page that the company was inspired by a personal need.
Recently, Apple has bought similar startups such as HealthKit, CareKit and ResearchKit that enable patients, doctors and researchers to access critical health and wellness data through a variety of mobile devices. Moreover, Apple introduced its HealthKit app that enables users to monitor personal health and fitness data on iPhone 6. Apple has also teamed up with several hospitals and doctors to build a research-tracking app for common diseases such as the Parkinson’s and breast cancer.
Further, Apple is foraying into artificial intelligence through Siri personal assistant and associated technologies. It bought the machine learning platform named Turi for USD 200 million in this month earlier. Moreover, it acquired machine learning and AI startups such as VocalIQ and Perceptio as well as facial recognition startup Emotient.
However, the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.