Apple Hires Top Doctor Who Created HealthKit App for Monitoring Diabetes

In yet another sign of its commitment to advancing health-related services across its platforms, Apple has quietly poached Dr. Rajiv Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist from Stanford Children’s Health, Fast Company has learned. Kumar specializes in treating kids with diabetes.

Kumar was then able to monitor bi-monthly reports from his patients to check for trends, which helped cut down on the amount of data that needed to be looked at.

“We can’t compete with companies like Apple, Google and Facebook when they really want one of our own,” said the hospital’s CEO in an interview with Fast Company.

The publication writes:
With his HealthKit pilot application, Kumar used Apple’s software to help his patients aggregate important health data such as their blood sugar levels, and share it via their iPhone with caregivers and medical professionals.
To avoid getting overwhelmed with his patient’s data, Kumar would receive a bi-monthly report on overall trends. It might show, for instance, if a patient had consistently low blood sugar overnight.
Over the past few months, the Cupertino firm poached a revered satellite navigation expert, Sinisa Durekovic, who holds a patent for preventing car collisions, a top expert in practical cryptography, Jon Callas, a pair of wireless charging engineers from uBeam and Google X Lab co-founder and Nest’s former technology chief, Yoky Matsuoka—in spite of rumors of it slowing down recruiting efforts. 


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