In the morning of September 14, Beijing time, Sina Technologies News reported that Apple had just recruited a new executive for its health team: M. Osman Akhtar, the network COO of Minnesota's non-profit hospitals.
Akata will report to Sumbul Desai, a senior member of Apple's health team who has been building a team for AC Wellness, the company's employee health clinic. Acata will work with Desai in the clinic, but he may also be involved in other projects, according to people familiar with the matter.
Since July 2017, he has been in charge of the operation of Fairview Health Services. Prior to that, he had worked in the Sutter Health of the bay area for about 8 years. He started his career in health management at Stanford University, where Apple recruited many top-notch health professionals.
Ah Kata has not updated his LinkedIn home page yet. Apple also declined to comment.
Apple has added more than 40 employees to its health clinic in the past three months to serve its headquarters staff. These include nurses, doctors and doctors. Akata is the highest ranking new employee.
Apple's health team has grown in recent years as the company has brought in doctors, technicians, and conventional specialists to help it upgrade Apple Watch's medical capabilities. On Wednesday, the company announced the addition of EKG sensors to the next-generation Apple Watch, which will be officially launched later this year. Apple has been approved by federal regulators to alert people about conditions such as atrial fibrillation, which can trigger a stroke.
Apple's Jeff Williams says the company's mission in health care is to give patients direct access to health information. "I hope to save many lives." He said in an interview with CNBC in 2017. He added that the company's top executives attached great importance to this field. "Top management teams have embraced this field, and it's hard not to get excited." He said. (I. M. I. M. I. M. I.)
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