Fitbit To Make Ventilators As The Company Hangs Out For Google Deal Approval
Fitbit, who are still waiting on a US Government decision as to whether Google can take over the health and fitness tracking Company has moved to make COVID-19 ventilators.
Fitbit CEO James Park said to CNBC. The ventilators will be used to help treat COVID-19 patients and could help bolster the national supply of the medical devices, which have been in need during the pandemic.
“There was a lot of concern about the shortage of ventilators and we realized we had expertise already around the supply chain,” Park said to CNBC.
He said that the Fitbit made devices will be the “most advanced” emergency user ventilator available for a “lower” cost.
There is still a lot of uncertainty as to whether the Fitbit Google acquisition will go ahead.
Currently the U.S. Justice Department is drafting a lawsuit against Alphabet Google, accusing the internet giant of violating antitrust laws, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The Justice Department has been investigating Google for nearly a year over whether the company is thwarting competition in the digital advertising market, where it holds a dominant position.
According to European Union observers Google’s takeover of fitness tracker Fitbit could be “a game-changer” for health data that will need close European Union scrutiny.
Reviewing how Fitbit’s data could add to Google’s powerful position in online advertising makes the deal a test case for regulators, said BEUC, which represents consumer associations across Europe. It argues that wearables create a new frontier by tracking users’ health and location around the clock.
“The use of data from wearables in tracking Covid-19 infections and providing access to doctors and health information is a timely illustration of this,” BEUC said. The takeover would place Google “in an unassailable position in digital health and wearables markets.”