For a while now, it has become common knowledge that Apple is interested in the health technology sector. A prime example of that interest is the Apple Watch, as the device comes with several health monitoring tools such as a heart and ECG monitor, both of which have managed to save multiple lives since it debuted on the smartwatch.
However, Apple wants to explore more health technologies, more specifically, preventive ones. According to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, while speaking at a recent Q&A session, he said;
“I think you can take that simple idea of having preventive things and find many more areas where technology intersects healthcare, and I think all of our lives would probably be better off for it. Most of the money in healthcare goes to the cases that weren’t identified early enough. It will take some time but things that we are doing now – that I’m not going to talk about today – those give me a lot of cause for hope.”
For those unfamiliar with the topic, preventive healthcare technology basically tries to detect a problem before it happens, as opposed to reacting to it when it does happen. For instance, Apple’s heart rate monitor could be considered preventive to a certain extent, as it informs users when it detects a heart rate that is abnormal, giving users time to seek medical help before it’s too late.