Tech giant Apple has hired the executive director of Stanford Medicine’s centre for digital health, Dr. Sumbal Desai, CNBC have reported.
Dr. Desai will take up a senior role within the company, though it’s still unclear as to what she will be working on.
Dr. Desai has previously worked on a telehealth project at Stanford University called ClickWell Care. The project allowed patients to virtually connect with Stanford primary care clinicians and wellness coaches. She has also promoted digital health as having extraordinary opportunities for health. Working in the Stanford Centre, Dr. Desai has been involved in digital health projects with a number of tech companies and start-ups.
Apple’s move towards a dedicated healthcare sector is displayed through both its consumer an industry focused products and software. The Apple Watch has multiple fitness features to help users monitor their own wellbeing, whilst its ResearchKit provides a framework for medical research.
Recently Apple announced it was partnering the Apple Watch with a blood glucose monitoring system, and the company has also hired a team of biomechanical engineers who are reportedly working on non-invasive sensors for blood sugar levels.
Apple’s hiring of Dr. Desai is interesting. It further indicates that the company is quickly moving into the healthcare sector on both a consumer and industry level. It will be exciting to find out what the company has in store for the industry in the future.