Apple hires another top cardiologist to boost health initiatives

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Apple Watch’s heart-monitoring capabilities could see future improvements thanks to prominent cardiologists hired by Apple.
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Dr. David Tsay recently joined Apple, apparently to bring new features to devices like the Apple Watch that monitor the wearer’s heart. He’s an expert in the field, and also just left a position as Associate Chief Transformation Officer for NewYork-Presbyterian Innovation Center.

This is the second prominent cardiologist brought onboard in two years.

Not just a doctor

Dr. Tsay isn’t a typical cardiologist. He has degrees in both computer science and physics, in addition to being a medical doctor.

His LinkedIn profile also says he was teaching Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center while also working at NewYork-Presbyterian.

While at NYP, he oversaw teams working in artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and many more subjects.

Apple Watch and heart health

Dr. Tsay isn’t Apple’s only cardiologist; the company hired Dr. Alexis Beatty in July 2018. That was shortly before the debut of the Apple Watch Series 4, the first with an ECG that can detect atrial fibrillation (AFib). A heart monitor has been a part of this company’s wearable for years before then, along with other features to boost the wearer’s health.

Adding more expertise in this area would seem to indicate that Apple intends to bring more heart-related features to its products.