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Fitbit buddies up with Google for better health

The fitness wearables maker will use Google's cloud services for greater healthcare systems integration.

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Fitbit Versa

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Fitbit announced today it will begin using Google's new Cloud Healthcare API  to help you and your doctors better manage your healthcare. 

The relationship between Google and Fitbit will eventually let users connect results from Fitbit's fitness wearables, such as its Versa smartwatch, to your electronic medical records. Fitbit will also use Google's services along with services from Twine Health, which Fitbit recently acquired, to help its users manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension. 

The partnership will allow Fitbit to grow faster and reach more people while improving user experience for consumers and healthcare providers, said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. 

The move into cloud services should help Fitbit keep pace against competitors such as the Apple Watch and its CareKit and ResearchKit platforms designed to help people manage medical conditions.

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