Health Insurer Anthem Poaches Several Apple Health Employees

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A CNBC report on Tuesday brought attention to a slew of recent hires away from Apple's Health team to health insurer Anthem, which is trying to improve the user-friendliness of its consumer technology.

    According to the report, Anthem has hired half a dozen current or former Apple employees over the last few months, including veteran Apple staff as well as relative newcomers to the company.


    Among the new hires are senior machine learning researcher Stefanos Giampanis, and Apple Health's Toni Trujillo Vian, an Apple veteran of 24 years.
    CNBC notes that the health insurer's Apple pedigree actually dates back a few years: Anthem's vice president of commercial, Aneesh Kumar, started his career in the 1990s as a product manager at Apple.

    In addition to the Apple staff migration, the insurer has gained another high-profile recruit from the tech world: Udi Manber, who headed Google's search team, is now a technical advisor at Anthem.

    Apple's staff departures are particularly notable given that the company is supposed to be redoubling efforts to improve its health-related tech. For example, Apple in 2018 acquired Tueo Health, a startup working on an app to help parents monitor asthma symptoms in sleeping children.

    At WWDC 2019, Apple also announced that new health and fitness capabilities are coming to the Apple Watch in watchOS 6, due to be released in the fall. New features include Activity Trends, a new Noise app uses the Apple Watch microphone to monitor environmental noise, and a Cycle Tracking app for tracking menstrual cycles.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously said that health is a major focus of Apple, and that health may actually end up being "Apple's greatest contribution to mankind."

    Article Link: Health Insurer Anthem Poaches Several Apple Health Employees
  2. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
  3. DrJohnnyN macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
  4. flygbuss macrumors 6502


    Jul 22, 2018
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Make America thin again?
  5. pbush25 macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    Atlanta, Georgia
    I’m glad an insurance company is actually trying to embrace technology.

    I’m surprised that anyone working at Apple would want to leave to go work at anthem, but to each their own I suppose.
  6. Classie macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2018
    That last quote from Tim Cook is fascinating... it’s not impossible that it some day will be the case.
  7. szw-mapple fan macrumors 68000

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    If the pay and benefits are good enough, I don’t see why not.
  8. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    Better work / life balance perhaps? It's common by a certain age, people don't want to be working 12 hour days, and want a life outside of work.
  9. DrJohnnyN macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    That'd be nice. Obesity is a big problem in the states. ;)
  10. pweicks macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2016
    How dare they “poach” Apple’s employees!

    Oh wait, that’s exactly what Apple does to everyone else.
  11. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014

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