Azumio Acquires SkyHealth to Build Out Portfolio of Health Apps

This week mobile health startup Azumio announced that it has acquired SkyHealth, creators of personal training application Fitness Buddy and diabetes app Glucose Buddy, for an undisclosed amount of cash and equity. Berkeley, CA-based SkyHealth’s portfolio of 15 health and fitness applications will join Azumio’s own suite of applications, including the Sleep Time sleep analysis app, and Stress Check app. Azumio and SkyHealth’s apps now have a total of 25 million users on iOS and Android.

Azumio CEO Bojan Bostjancic said Azumio’s mission is to provide mobile health solutions to all smartphone users, and this acquisition allows them to offer a more comprehensive view of a user’s health. “There are a lot of separate applications out there that track different pieces of data leaving the user a fragmented picture of their overall health,” Bostjancic said in an interview. “By acquiring SkyHealth and adding fitness and glucose tracking to our suite of mobile apps, Azumio will soon offer a complete health dashboard, enabling mobile users to view all of their fitness information at a glance. This will enable Azumio users to track trends and get a more holistic picture of their health progress.”

Bostjancic said SkyHealth’s apps complement their existing line of health-focused apps because often different aspects of a user’s health are related. “It’s important to understand that many different factors work together to influence your health,” he said. “For instance, fitness, stress level and sleep quality play into your overall heart health as well as blood sugar maintenance.” Azumio will add their branding to SkyHealth’s apps, but Bostjancic said the general look and feel of the apps will stay the same, and no price changes are planned.

Azumio will be announcing two new apps within the next few months, a health and wellness dashboard, and a new fitness application. They’ll also be adding an update to their popular SleepTime app. The company also plans to make other acquisitions in the mobile health space, though Bostjancic wasn’t able to provide specifics. SkyHealth’s team of three will be joining Azumio, including Tom Xe as Chief Product Officer. The company, which was founded in 2009, hasn’t raised external funding since it launched.

In March, Azumio announced that it had hit 20 million downloads across its suite of apps, led by its most popular app Instant Heart Rate, which measures a user’s pulse using the iPhone’s camera. The company raised $2.5 million in funding from Founders Fund, Accel Partners and Felicis Ventures in July 2011. They’ll likely use the funding to bring on more mobile health developers, and to make their suite of applications available for additional platforms – currently only two out of Azumio’s four apps are available for Android, though SkyHealth’s most popular apps Fitness Buddy and Glucose Buddy are both available on the Google Play market. With mobile apps increasingly helping people track their health, from monitoring what they eat to understanding disease, Azumio can capitalize on the trend by expanding its suite of apps, and providing a clearer picture of a person’s overall health.

 

Erin Bury

Erin Bury

Erin has covered startups and technology for over three years in publications including Sprouter Weekly, The Globe and Mail, Business Insider, Mashable, and VentureBeat. She also writes a regular startup column for the Financial Post, and is a technology expert on CTV News Channel. Before BetaKit Erin worked as Director of Content & Communications at Sprouter from its launch in 2009 until its acquisition by Postmedia Network Inc. She was recently named one of Marketing Magazine's 30 Under 30 in 2012.

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