Is Apple following in the footsteps of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase in creating their own network of Health Clinics?
It’s quite possible that Apple’s been working on this initiative for at least 2 years if not more given that the Apple Watch has been around for a good part of almost 3 years, released on April 24, 2015. But research on the device might’ve started 2 years prior.
The Apple Watch gave apple a direct link to enabling health-conscious individuals and athletes a way to track their heart-rate and other health-related information with the well-established Health app which had successfully been tracking other human activities such as counting steps, flights climbed, heart-monitoring & blood pressure monitoring via 3rd party apps and devices.With the launch of HealthKit in 2014 with support and research partnership with major US hospitals such as Mayo Clinic, Ochsner, Stanford University Hospital and Duke University to name a few. Apple had already built relationships with Hospitals and Clinics.
As the Apple Watch was released it helped health providers to track heart-rate directly from the users and this cause a relationship as well as research information coming back to health providers via the ResearchKit in 100 folds.
Not only were the people using their Apple Watches to track their own fitness, health-care providers had access to data that was previously not possible to acquire with such ease.
As it turns out, Apple had been working in secrecy (big surprise) with other providers and creating these clinics to start with providing support and health to their own employees. It’s certainly a noble movement and completely makes sense. Why not provide healthcare (a major requirement for being a human being) everyone like literally everyone needs access to these basic needs. So a company creating solutions for their own employees simply falls into place as part of the benefit an employee can not have to think twice about.
We spend 1/3rd if not more of our life working for a company, spending our precious time in creating solutions and helping the overall cause of the company forward. No matter who you are. You need healthcare, and if the company you work for is paying for your health-insurance the Health industry has been taking advantage of the corporations (LOL) in charging more and more over the years.
Hopefully, this move will start the much-needed disruption.
In health and wellness. Let us embrace this new future with open arms and Apple Watches for everyone 🙂
This article was originally published on Linkedin.com pulse.