Apple is preparing to open medical clinics to provide healthcare for its employees and their families in Cupertino this spring, according to a new report by CNBC. The tech company has launched a website for the clinics, which will operate under the name AC Wellness. Currently, Apple has one Wellness Center in its headquarters in Cupertino that employs a handful of doctors, chiropractors, dietitians, and physical therapists.
According to CNBC, there will be two clinics in Santa Clara County, and AC Wellness has already posted job listings for primary and acute care physicians, nurse practitioners, phlebotomists, and an exercise coach. Apple is also looking for clinical program designers that can create programs to help prevent disease and promote healthy lifestyles for its employees.
Apple will also use the new clinics to test its health-related products and services, according to the report. This could potentially lead to issues if Apple relies too heavily on testing completed by its own employees, which are still largely white and male, and don’t accurately reflect the US population. Recently Apple has launched a study with Stanford University to identify irregular heart rhythms with the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor, and it‘s reportedly working on an EKG reader for future Apple Watch models.
The company is just the latest tech giant to get into the healthcare game. Amazon announced last month that it is creating a healthcare company in partnership with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase for the three companies’ US-based employees and their families.