Fitbit, the US wearable fitness tracker firm, has held talks with the NHS it was revealed at the weekend.
The firm’s co-founder and chief executive James Park told the Sunday Times that talks had taken place with senior executives in the health service, but no firm plans had been agreed.
In July 2016 the Telegraph reported that Secretary of State was a keen Fitbit wearer, and uses a tracker from the firm to ensure he manages 10,000 steps daily.
The news comes almost two years after NHS England announced moves to promote wearables to monitor patients with long-term conditions.
In June 2015, Tim Kelsey, the former NHS England national director for patients and information, said that by 2018 members of the public will be able to add data from wearable devices to their electronic patient record. But there have been few details in the two years since the announcement.
The 2015 target came as part of a commitment to give patients real-time access to their full electronic health record by 2018.
Fitbit has a deal with US health insurer UnitedHealthcare, the organisation NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens was a senior executive at for 10 years, where members get cheaper premium based on how much exercise they take using data monitored from the wristband.
Park told the Sunday Times that talks with the NHS were along broadly similar lines.
UK health insurer Vitality offers members a scheme where customers who hand over their fitness data can get a heavily discounted Apple Watch, providing they exercise strenuously for two years, as tracked by the watch.