Apple to launch tech-driven healthcare clinics for employees

Apple is launching a technology-driven healthcare service for its employees.

The service, called AC Wellness, is expected to open in Spring 2018 and will provide a ‘unique concierge-like healthcare experience for employees and their dependents.’

According to the group’s website, AC Wellness is ‘an independent medical practice dedicated to delivering compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population’.

More so, the website states that it will integrate ‘best clinical practices and technology in a manner that drives patient engagement.’

The service will be based at two healthcare clinics in Santa Clara, which will exclusively serve Apple employees, according to CNBC.

The move follows a similar partnership announced by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, which aims to lower the costs for the companies’ employees with technology solutions.

CNBC state that AC Wellness will use the clinics as a way for Apple to test its portfolio of health services and products.

Apple has been steadily pushing into the healthcare market for some time now with a range of announcements. Last year, it was revealed that the company was working on a way for users of the Apple Watch to record an electrocardiogram (ECG) by squeezing the frame of the smartwatch.

Apple is also working alongside Stanford University to assess if its Apple Watch can monitor users’ heart rhythms and notify those who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation.

Recently, it was announced that Apple will include a Health Records space in the Spring iOS update for the iPhone. The feature will let patients at a number of health institutions view their medical records

 

 

 



Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via: reece.armstrong@rapidnews.com


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