Apple hires Stanford digital health head amid HealthKit push

Apple is boosting its push into the digital health realm once again, hiring Dr. Sumbul Desai, the former head of Stanford’s Center for Digital Health, Internet Health Management reports. The center, created this January to connect the university’s researchers with technology companies to further their health goals, has close ties to Apple. Stanford was an early adopter of Apple’s HealthKit platform, using it as early as 2014 in studies of children’s diabetes. Desai has worked at Stanford since 2008, serving as Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation at Stanford’s Department of Medicine and as the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Digital Strategy and Innovation at Stanford Healthcare. The company is in the middle of a major push to reshape the health care field, and Desai is the second high-profile hire coming from Stanford, joining Dr. Rajiv Kumar who was hired last summer. [via Apple Insider]


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