Apple is set to establish its own health clinics for its employees
Apple is set to establish its own healthcare clinics for its 120,000 employees, CNBC has revealed. Similarly to the partnership between Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan and Amazon, Apple will begin supporting its employees by launching two new clinics in Santa Clara, California, with one situated close to Apple Park.
Named AC Wellness, the subsidiary is set to launch in the Spring, and has been described as “an independent medical practice dedicated to delivering compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population,” according to its new website.
Providing exceptional healthcare enabled by technology, Apple has stated that its centres will offer “a unique concierge-like healthcare experience for employees and their dependents.”
The company is advertising for medical professionals in a number of roles, as well unconventional roles such as Clinical Program Designers on Indeed and GlassDoor, whilst stressing the importance of driving patient engagement and the need for preventative care.
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The company has also advertised for laboratory focused roles, signalling a move to undergo a onsite laboratory tests, on top of traditional methods of testing its consumer-focused services and products.
One core example is the Apple Watch, built with the support of Stanford School of Medicine to provide its heart monitoring capabilities. Additionally, the update on Apple’s iOS platform will enable users in the US to access their medical records through the Health app.
By improving the health of its employees, Apple will remain one of the most competitive technology companies globally, with an awareness that supporting employees through the provision of healthcare is becoming a significant recruitment driver for businesses.
Escalating healthcare costs, and an uncertain political climate surrounding the delivery of healthcare in the US will continue to drive new digital solutions, reshape traditional models of care and provide key solutions within the healthcare industry on a global scale.
NHS care homes are better than private, report finds
A new survey has found that 60% of people with parents in NHS care homes believe the quality of care has improved, compared to just 49% of respondents with parents in private care facilities.
The survey was conducted by Kepler Vision Technologies, an AI-driven company formed at the University of Amsterdam. It was carried out among UK adults with parents over the age of 75.
Respondents cited more capable care staff and better monitoring systems as being the main reasons for improvement.
However those who do not have parents in assisted living facilities had a different viewpoint - in this case only 35% of respondents believe that NHS facilities are improving, compared to 32% who believe it is only improving in the private sector.
Only 18% of people whose parents live with them or independently believe care home staff are able to look after residents to a good standard.
Kepler Vision say this difference in opinion is due to perceived budget cuts and financial pressures, with 67% of people commenting that a lack of funding has had a negative effect on care in both NHS and private care facilities.
Other key findings of the survey include:
* Out of those who say quality has declined in care homes, 69% say the NHS is dealing with budget cuts and increased financial pressure, while 65% also said that the private system is dealing with these pressures too
* 55% said that they or their parent have money saved specifically to pay for their future care
* 35% said the idea of their parent in a care home makes them feel frightened, although 32% say it makes them feel secure
* 52% are worried about their parent catching COVID
* 47% are worried about their parent being lonely
* 46% are concerned they could fall over alone
The announcement of this research follows the UK government's decision to delay presenting its social care budget till the autumn.
Commenting on the research, Dr Harro Stokman, CEO of Kepler Vision Technologies said: “While it is good to see that people recognise the importance of staff and face-to-face interaction in elderly care, the huge gap in opinion between those with parents in care and those without shows that there are unfair negative perceptions around the residential care space.
"More can and should be done by care homes to give people the confidence that their relatives will receive the very best care - by highlighting the excellent work of staff and how well they are able to monitor resident’s needs with easy-to-use technology.”