Apple reportedly hires Stanford digital health expert: 4 things to know

Sumbul Desai, MD, executive director of the Stanford (Calif.) Medicine Center for Digital Health, will reportedly join Apple in a senior role to promote health uses for its Apple Watch, according to CNBC.

Here are four things to know about the executive move.

1. Dr. Desai will reportedly continue seeing patients at Stanford, people familiar with the matter told CNBC.

2. Apple has not commented on Dr. Desai's position at the company. She may oversee one of Apple's exiting digital health projects — such as ResearchKit, HealthKit or CareKit — or head an unannounced project, according to CNBC.

3. While leading the Stanford Medicine Center for Digital Health, Dr. Desai collaborated with various technology companies — including Apple — to research and implement new digital health tools. Since April, the center has been accepting proposals for healthcare research projects innovating the Apple Watch.

4. Dr. Desai created ClickWell Care, Stanford's first virtual primary care clinic. Within a year, 55 percent to 60 percent of the clinic's 4,000 visits were conducted virtually, CNBC reports. Because of its success, ClickWell Care has served as a case study throughout the medical industry.

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