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The Next Big Idea From Apple : Private Health Care

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The Focus on Health Continues to Exist while Apple Launched a New Subsidiary that is in Charge of Providing Healthcare Clinics to Apple Employees, AC Wellness.

Apple has established a new subsidiary that is in charge of providing healthcare clinics to Apple employees: AC Wellness.

Healthy living through technology According to the AC Wellness website, the company is located in the Apple health center in Cupertino, California, between its original headquarters in Infinite Loop and Apple Park.

CNBC’s Christina Farr, who broke the news, claims that the new frontline clinics will be launching seriously at locations in Santa Clara County this spring.

To support the effort, Apple recruits doctors, health coaches, nursing staff and ‘designers‘. You can find ads on Glassdoor, Indeed and on LinkedIn.

For the Apple people

Apple starts here small. The clinics will only respond to the health needs of Apple employees and will be located at different locations in the area, including Apple Park, claims the report.

The idea is logical: Apple already hopes to generate significant healthcare costs for its employees, so it makes sense to launch a service of its own – it can reduce operating costs while the offer is used for future health insights.

Apple recruits designers to develop health care programs with its operational and technological teams.

These moves will make Apple employees the testing ground for what almost every Apple viewer now expects and become a big company for the company.

Patient records, activity data, software and future health-related services can now be used and tested privately against a huge population – Apple Park has at least 12,000 employees and the company has many more thousands of people in the area.

We know that Apple is working on a plethora of health-related solutions, including non-invasive blood glucose monitoring, and a variety of research and study attempts to find ways and ways to prove that technology can make a difference to health.

Information is power

Although Apple continues to develop new solutions for preventive health care, Apple continues to investigate the associated medical intervention technologies.

To do this, it will answer those questions that currently attract so much discussion in the industry, such as:

How can data provide useful insights to improve public health?
How augmented reality (AR) and external technologies can be used to provide better healthcare to remote communities?
How can connected solutions improve care for the elderly?

Healthy outlook

Apple has been quite open about its ambitions in the field of health. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told shareholders that he thinks his company can make an “important contribution” to the sector.

That is not an empty claim.

As a company at the core of the mobile transformation, Apple is absolutely in a good position to find out how technology can be used effectively for patient care. (We see all the ideas that I have discussed in 2013, and much more.)

The perfect storm of mobile technologies from Apple and the ability to work with large sample groups (ResearchKit also helps), means that this will have a huge impact on future healthcare on a global scale.

Patient involvement and effective remote diagnosis tools are currently entering the mainstream (even the NHS in the UK now offers some online diagnosis).

“Health is a big problem worldwide and we think it’s ripe for simplicity and a new perspective”, Cook told in May 2016 in Amsterdam.

If I have questions, as a UK resident who still enjoys NHS coverage, it is the ethical application of these technologies: Apple will try to reap the benefits that are so often seen by private health care providers asking for credit card before they look at them, or will it instead decide to improve many of the poorest and most disadvantages of health professionals to truly “leave a better world”?

Another question is privacy: if Cellebrite can really break into an iOS device, how safe are your patient data? Is it appropriate that your confidential health data remain unprotected?

I expect that Apple will eventually expand its new subsidiary for healthcare to people outside of Apple, possibly through links with insurance companies. I have no doubt that the company wants to be good for your health.

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