From Blake Dodge's "Insiders in Apple's healthcare organization say its leaders suppress concerns and mislead executives" posted Tuesday:
Apple's half-decade push to reinvent healthcare is faltering.
The most valuable company, known for its nearly ubiquitous phones, computers, and watches, has made health central to its strategy — CEO Tim Cook has even pointed to health as the area where Apple will make its greatest contribution to mankind.
Several hundred engineers, program managers, data scientists, designers, and physicians are devoted to fulfilling Cook's promise, exploring the best ways to put Apple's magic touch on everything from medical research to doctor visits.
But early excitement unleashed by the Apple Watch's capabilities, such as detecting abnormal heart rates, has been marred by a string of high-level departures and setbacks in the company's health group. In August, Insider reported that Apple was scrapping an internal project called HealthHabit, which was designed to make Apple devices a vital link between patients and doctors.
It's a symptom of what insiders say are deeper organizational problems that have left the health group without clear direction and struggling to mesh Apple's hardware-oriented culture with the practices of the medical business.
People at Apple Health said that they saw colleagues face retribution for disagreeing with superiors and that concerns have been expressed on more than one occasion about the way health data is used to develop products. The situation has gotten so serious that some employees have lodged complaints with Apple's most senior executives, including Cook and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams, who oversees the health effort.
My take: Apple PR came out with guns blazing, but Apple Watch still can't measure blood sugar and AirPods still don't work as hearing aids.