Apple plans to launch new wellness clinics that will offer employees and their families “the world’s best healthcare.”
AC Wellness will be independently operated, according to its official website — but job listings suggest it is a wholly Apple-owned subsidiary. One of its clinics will be situated inside Apple Park, the Cupertino company’s brand new headquarters.
Apple has long been dedicated to using its technology to improve healthcare. Its devices have gotten better at keeping monitoring our health, while its Health platform makes it easier to keep track of the data and report changes to medical professionals.
Now Apple plans to open wellness clinics of its own.
AC Wellness clinics will open in California
Apple has started recruiting for two AC Wellness clinics in Santa Clara, California — one of which will be located at Apple Park. They will initially serve Apple employees and their families when they open this spring, but Apple has much bigger plans, according to CNBC.
“Aside from the typical roles involved with a primary care clinic, Apple is also looking to hire “designers” who will help implement a program focused on preventing disease and promoting healthy behavior,” reads the report, which cites people familiar with the plan.
“Sources said the company will leverage its medical clinics as a way to test out its growing range of health services and products, which it is starting to roll out to consumers at large.”
AC Wellness will be indecently operated
“AC Wellness Network believes that having trusting, accessible relationships with our patients, enabled by technology, promotes high-quality care and a unique patient experience,” reads a statement on the AC Wellness website. There is no mention of it being an Apple company.
But several job listings, posted on Indeed.com, state AC Wellness is “a subsidiary of Apple, Inc.”
A search on LinkedIn reveals that former Stanford Health Care employees have been affiliated with the company for at least five months. Apple has already been working with Stanford for a study into whether Apple Watch can detect irregular heart rhythms.
In preparation for the launch of AC Wellness, Apple is said to have scaled back its contract with current in-house clinic via a start-up called Crossover Health. “Sources said that it started notifying third-party vendors about the shift to its own network of health clinics this week,” CNBC adds.