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Apple hired prominent obstetrician to join its health team

By Cookie Monster - on 9 Feb 2019, 8:00am

Apple hired prominent obstetrician to join its health team

The Apple Health app.

With health tipped as the company's most important contribution to mankind, Apple has hired a prominent obstetrician-gynecologist to join its growing health team. 

Three sources told CNBC that Dr. Christine Curry was hired to boost Apple's efforts in women's health. While Curry is said to have a particular interest in women's health, one source claims that she will also be working on several issues across the health teams. 

Curry worked in a women's prison facility in Massachusetts and led clinical response efforts to the Zika virus in the obstetrics populations at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. As a result, she earned a profile in Cosmopolitan for being South Florida's go-to doctor for pregnant women with Zika. 

Apple also recruited other doctors or medical professionals to join its health team. Jason Oberfest, the former CEO of Mango Health, was hired last year. 

The Apple Watch is expected to play an important role in Apple's push to empower consumers to manage their health. The smartwatch is tested to have the most accurate pulse reader among wearables. In addition, it is able to detect abnormal heart rate with up to 97% accuracy. 

The Apple Watch Series 4 is shaping up to be a lifesaver with its ECG and fall detection features; it is credited for saving a Norwegian man's life after he fell down and helping two users discover that they have A-fib heart issues. Apple and Johnson & Johnson are working on an upcoming study to diagnose stroke risk with the use of the Apple Watch Series 4 and an app.

Source: CNBC