Apple acquired personal health data startup Gliimpse to boost its presence in the health industry, while Nokia reportedly wants to add a hundred employees by the end of 2016 to Withings, the French health device maker it acquired for €170 million earlier this year.
Apple’s deal was concluded earlier this year for an undisclosed sum, but wasn’t confirmed by the Cupertino-based giant until this week, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Gliimpse was founded in 2013 with the goal to create “personalised and shareable medical records” for Americans. Health care providers and software developers pay for its data-sharing software and services, while it is free for consumers. It is possible Apple will use it to expand its HealthKit.
“We’ve gotten into the health arena and we started looking at wellness, that took us to pulling a string to thinking about research, pulling that string a little further took us to some patient-care stuff, and that pulled a string that’s taking us into some other stuff,” Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told Fast Company, which first broke the news about the acquisition.
There have also been reports suggesting the firm is working on a wearable for healthcare providers.
Meanwhile Nokia said some 100 new staff members will be added to Withings by the end of the year in departments such as finance, marketing, sales and design, Les Echos reported.
They will be based in the company’s Paris office, where 80 percent of the current 200 employees are (15 percent are in Boston and 5 percent in Hong Kong).
Withings is a major player in connected health devices, building wirelessly enabled activity trackers and weighing scales, among other devices.