Apple has hired a doctor with expertise in both HealthKit and ResearchKit, who was previously Director of Mobile Strategy at Duke University.
Dr. Ricky Bloomfield will take an as-yet-unspecified position in Apple’s health team.
Dr. Bloomfield’s arrival at Apple doesn’t come as a total shock. He was working at Duke University in 2014 when Apple first launched its Health and HealthKit initiatives. Duke then became one of the first hospitals to embrace the new technology by using it to help track blood pressure and weight for patients suffering from cancer and heart conditions.
That year, he also spoke about HealthKit at the mHealth Summit. Two years later, at San Francisco’s MobiHealthNews event, he publicly revealed that Apple was going to add HealthKit support for the HL7 Continuity of Care Document with iOS 10.
He has also worked with ResearchKit by helping to develop Duke’s “Autism Beyond” study, which is designed to help act as a screening tool for conditions such as autism and other behavioral conditions.
Dr. Bloomfield isn’t alone in being an Apple medical hire. Since the middle of 2016, Apple has also recruited Stanford University’s Dr. Rajiv B. Kumar, president and co-founder of Sage Bionetworks Dr. Stephen Friend, and Dr. Mike Evans, a Toronto-based physician best known for his popular YouTube channel under the name “DocMikeEvans.”
What all have in common is experience either working with Apple’s existing health-related frameworks or a belief in the way that apps and mobile technologies can help revolutionize healthcare.
Source: Mobile Health News