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Google Fit is Google's answer to capturing and displaying health/fitness data

Apple has HealthKit, which was introduced at WWDC as a new feature in iOS 8, and it now looks as though Google will have its own counterpart. The Google I/O conference, which is set to kickoff on June 25, will see the launch of “Google Fit” according to multiple sources close to Forbes.
 
According to Forbes writer Parmy Olson, Google Fit is very similar in concept to HealthKit, and will use open APIs to capture fitness data from multiple apps/interfaces in order to provide the users with a centralized health repository. Google Fit will also likely be able to interface with Google’s cloud services to share gathered data with health providers.

Android Wear devices like the Moto 360 could factor in heavily with Google Fit
 
Not much else is known about Google Fit at this point, like if it will be built into future versions of Android or it will be available as a separate download from the Google Play Store.
 
Google Fit isn’t the search giant’s first foray into the health scene. The company launched Google Health back in 2008, but shuttered it on New Year’s Day 2012.

Source: Forbes



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Already had it
By DrApop on 6/13/2014 2:22:17 PM , Rating: 2
Both Google and even Microsoft, I believe, already had online versions of health data sites for it's users. They ended up closing both of them.

I supposed that with a "watch" or monitor of some type that automatically uploads data to the "Health" cloud site, it relieves some of the burden on the user. Nonetheless, for it to be effective, a health site needs more information than just heart rate, BP, body temp......users are still going to have to enter data. Doctors aren't going to open up their data files for their patients and neither are the insurance companies.

And I think many people are still wary of putting up personal medical information in the cloud except for just the basic stuff.




RE: Already had it
By Chadder007 on 6/13/2014 3:18:41 PM , Rating: 2
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And I think many people are still wary of putting up personal medical information in the cloud except for just the basic stuff.


Yep, especially after seeing here lately week after week of cloud services being hacked or compromised. The Cloud is becoming the Fog.


RE: Already had it
By Nyanyanya on 6/13/2014 3:21:21 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Already had it
By retrospooty on 6/13/2014 3:24:42 PM , Rating: 2
Was that really needed?

http://imgur.com/HVwzVmo


RE: Already had it
By Nyanyanya on 6/14/2014 12:39:47 AM , Rating: 2
yes


RE: Already had it
By bah12 on 6/17/2014 10:44:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yes.

You forgot to capitalize the Y and punctuate.


RE: Already had it
By Reclaimer77 on 6/13/14, Rating: 0
RE: Already had it
By tonyswash on 6/13/14, Rating: 0
RE: Already had it
By Shig on 6/14/2014 10:27:36 AM , Rating: 2
It's cute how people still think they have privacy. If multi-national corporations and the DoD can't even keep their stuff safe, what chance do you have?


RE: Already had it
By tayb on 6/13/2014 5:03:35 PM , Rating: 2
Your medical information is likely already in the cloud. Many EMRs are cloud based or their databases are remote. Many others extract data out of their databases and into cloud based analytics engines. Then there is the necessary data sharing among hospitals/doctors to get a complete medical history.

Fortunately HIPAA laws are extraordinarily strict. Data loss is guilty until proven innocent and vendors aren't allowed to share infrastructure. The fines are also steep even for first time offenders.

The bigger concern for me would be sending my medical records to an advertising company.


RE: Already had it
By NellyFromMA on 6/16/2014 3:43:11 PM , Rating: 3
Well, just imagine a world where your healthcare premium is directly related to your health stats as kept in the cloud, populated by your mobile device.

Where your risky health habits are used to assess whether or not you are apt to pay a loan on time, or whether you would be alive to pay it altogether.

Trust me, these companies aren't collecting this data to offer you discounts.


What a surprise!
By lawrance on 6/13/14, Rating: 0
RE: What a surprise!
By Gio6518 on 6/14/2014 8:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
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So Google is going to copy Apple? INCONCEIVABLE!


Don't you mean crApple copying Samsung

http://www.forbes.com/sites/haydnshaughnessy/2014/...


Still no need yet
By Stiggalicious on 6/14/2014 12:19:39 PM , Rating: 2
I still don't see the need to drop $100+ on a smartwatch that just tracks basic vitals and shows you text messages from your phone. I need more than that for it to be actually useful and worth money. I currently can tell how healthy I am by seeing my lack of belly fat, feeling energetic and upbeat, and keeping a general exercise regiment. I can currently tell time and read text messages by looking at my cell phone.




It will be funny
By SpartanJet on 6/14/2014 4:53:12 PM , Rating: 2
Later when its posted that Microsoft is also working on this (which they are) all the shills for gogle and apple will jump on Microsoft for copying or being late to the game. Meanwile Apple and gogle are also just as late and copying the others who came out first.




By YearOfTheDingo on 6/13/2014 6:03:44 PM , Rating: 1
...by reintroducing the McRib sandwich. Bring it on, you cyber healthnut exercise Nazis!




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