“But Apple's approach stands out for its focus on care, and not just treating disease." —Apple's first hires for its health clinics show how it's thinking differently about health care, CNBC
According to CNBC, Apple has begun to hire staff members for its healthcare subsidiary, AC Wellness. AC Wellness will provide primary care to employees at the company’s headquarters in Santa Clara.
The Definitive Guide to Evaluating On-Site Clinics
All is not well in healthcare today. The American medical sector dwarfs most other sectors of the economy. Hundreds of million of dollars are spent on research. Little progress is made. Costs continue to rise, and Americans are sicker than ever before. Where does this leave employers?
New Hires Signal Approach to Care
Apple’s new hires include former employees of Crossover, a Bay Area on-site clinic provider. These professionals have experience at healthcare tech start-ups. They also know how to work with a multi-disciplinary team of health coaches, care navigators, and wellness leads. These staffing choices set the tone for a system that aligns with many of the most cutting-edge approaches to healthcare.
Employer’s like Apple are turning to creative solutions because our traditional healthcare system is broken. Costs keep going up, and people keep getting sicker. But, as Dave Chase argues, it seems our solution to better healthcare is already here, and Apple is evidence of that solution: a value-based approach to healthcare that promotes wellness and preventive care while incentivizing providers based on outcomes, rather than treatments.
Other Companies Following Suit
Apple isn’t the only one changing the game in healthcare. Amazon’s plan to build an on-site clinic and General Motors' plan to partner directly with Henry Ford Health System support the trend of workplace clinics and direct-contracting solutions.
Want to learn more? Check out these posts on the rise of workplace clinics:
- Why Workplace Clinics Are Growing Faster Than Ever
- Cutting Out The Middleman: How America’s Biggest Companies Are Saving On Health Care
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