Apple hires physician known for popular YouTube channel

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Dr. Evans has spoken out about the future of medicine being apps.
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Apple added another medical expert to its growing team by adding Dr. Mike Evans, a Toronto-based physician best known for his popular YouTube channel under the name “DocMikeEvans.”

According to a Canadian news report, Evans was recruited after his “peer-to-peer health care” YouTube videos — in which he voices a cartoon doctor, explaining common medical ailments — caught Apple’s attention.

Evans has been outspoken in his belief that apps represent the future of health care, saying that:

“In the future, I’ll prescribe you an app. One of our whiteboards will drop in and explain what high blood pressure is. The phone will be bluetoothed to the cap of your pills. I’ll nudge you towards a low salt diet. All of these things will all happen in your phone. I see you two or three days a year. The phone sees you everyday.”

His YouTube channel was launched in 2011, and has since racked up more than 14 million views and 70,000+ subscribers. Dr. Evans is also a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, and Lead, Digital Preventive Medicine at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. He is currently said to be commuting from Toronto to Cupertino.

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There’s no sign of Apple being mentioned on his LinkedIn profile.
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While there’s (obviously) no official word on what he’s working on at Apple, his mix of medical expertise, belief in the app-driven future of health care, humor and entertainment factor certainly make him sound a good fit for Apple’s plans.

Via: Patently Apple