Tim Cook says Apple's impact on healthcare will grow as technology, privacy advance

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about the tech giant's continued push into the healthcare space and the importance of using technology to monitor health in a conversation at the inaugural Time 100 Summit in New York City on April 23.

According to MacRumors, Mr. Cook discussed several of Apple's health IT projects, including the Series 4 Apple Watch's built-in electrocardiogram monitoring capabilities, which he said has sparked grateful notes from people around the globe. He also mentioned that the company is currently working on "a bunch more things" in medtech, and reiterated his previous prediction that "there will be a day we look back and say Apple's greatest contribution to mankind has been in healthcare."

Apple is in a unique position, Mr. Cook said, to capitalize on its technology and encourage users to monitor their health "on a real-time basis, versus just going to the doctor once per year and having vital signs checked."

He added: "As long as you have the technology and privacy — which is even more important in the health arena — if you're really solid in these things, we think you can increase the learning cycles and make significant contributions to healthcare over time."

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