Apple health leaders leaving amid disagreements over department's future

Several key health leaders have departed Apple in the past year as the tech firm decides which direction to take its health business, according to CNBC.

Five things to know:

1. Eight people familiar with the situation told CNBC reporter Christina Farr that in recent months, Apple's health team has experienced increased tension. The people said the tension, which has been building for several years, is being fueled by different opinions on what the health group's culture and strategies should look like.

2. A key disagreement lies in the long-term vision of the health team at Apple. Four of the people familiar with the matter told CNBC some leaders wish the company would tackle larger projects in the healthcare field, like medical devices, telemedicine and health payments. These employees have been dissatisfied with Apple's pivot toward wellness and prevention, the people told CNBC.

3. The eight people, who requested anonymity as they are unauthorized to speak about Apple's health initiatives, said that while differences in opinion persist, health remains a strategic priority for Apple.

4. Some high-level Apple health team departures include the following leaders, according to CNBC: Christine Eun, an eight-year Apple veteran; Brian Ellis, who left the team managing a unit that runs clinics for Apple employees; Warris Bokhari, who now works for Anthem; and researcher Andrew Trister, MD, PhD, who left to work for the Gates Foundation.

5. Apple declined CNBC's request for comment on the story.

To read the full CNBC article, click here.

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