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It was last May when Google announced Health Connect, its newest venture in the healthcare space. Today the Health Connect app officially launches in beta with several partners from across the digital health and wellness space.

The idea behind Health Connect is to centralize access to health and fitness data from various eligible apps. The app syncs data from eligible platforms and allows other apps to gain access to this data with their consent, while providing centralized privacy controls for users. Developers have previously had to establish multiple API connections to share data between different apps, which limited developers’ data sharing capabilities and made it hard for users to unlock this data for use in different apps.

Today, more than 10 health and fitness apps are launching integrations with Health Connect, including two women’s health apps: Flo and Proov.

Proov is known for creating the first ever at-home progesterone test kit to help women trying to get pregnant. Since then Proov has developed several new options for women looking to learn more about their bodies, hormones, and cycles in the comfort of their homes. One of those developments was the Proov Insights App – easy all month digital tracking to help monitor when to test progesterone levels. 

Flo is a popular period tracking app with more than 240 million users according to the company.

In a blog post Google shared: “For example, Android users will now be able to sync and get credit for their Peloton workouts in apps like Oura, MyFitnessPal, WeightWatchers and Lifesum. Now, through a single integration with Health Connect, Peloton Members will have the option to share their workout stats across the ecosystem of apps they use to support their overall wellness.”

Google further explains that Health Connect provides a standardized data schema that supports 40+ data types across six categories. The schema covers a wide range of use cases, from exercises to sleep tracking to vital signs.

Google teamed up with Samsung to launch Health Connect. The app is available for download as a public beta via the Google Play Store.

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