According to Fast Company’s report yesterday, a platform for managing and sharing consumers’ medical records and information, Gliimpse is now part of Apple Inc. The iPhone maker did not deny the news and declared that the company frequently acquires smaller technology companies.
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The deal was sealed earlier this year without any publicity. Gliimpse which is located in Silicon Valley was founded by Anil Sethi and Karthik Hariharan in 2003. Anil worked as a system engineer for Apple in the 1980s and has been active in various health startups over the years.
Motivated by his sister’s battle with cancer, Gliimpse became a reality. He describes the frustration that patients face concerning their health data on his LinkedIn page:
As a consumer of healthcare, I leave behind a bread-crumb-trail of medical info wherever I’ve been seen. But, I’m unable to easily access or share my own data. However, there’s no single Electronic Health Record that all physicians use, sigh. Worse, there isn’t even a common file format across a 1000+ systems.
Gliimpse basic service is totally free. Personal health data from labs, health centers and pharmacies are gathered with user’s permission. All the information are later converted into a single file that doctors can use to evaluate overall state of health. Users are also encouraged to make anonymous donations of the data to a “national health graph,” as it will help medical researchers in their work.
The company hopes that this move will help in breaking new ground in the digital health sector.