Apple started the week on a bang Monday as reports emerged that it had acquired health care startup Gliimpse.
The tech giant is already heavily invested in health, with products including HealthKit, CareKit and ResearchKit. Now it's expanding its reach by buying Gliimpse, according to a Fast Company report.
Gliimpse is a health data company that takes customer medical records and other health details in order to bundle them in a personalized, secure and sharable package. With a comprehensive picture of their health data, Gliimpse customers can share their needs and problems with their doctors or caregivers, or donate their information to medical researchers.
Apple has already been attempting to pull these threads together by working with its customers and with major medical research projects to collect and share data, while also trying to ensure that users are fully in control of what happens to their own personal details.
Gliimpse's founder Anil Sethi, who formed the company in 2013, worked as a systems engineer for Apple in the '80s.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told Fast Company: ""Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."