Without any fanfare, Apple has quietly rolled out a website trumpeting a new healthcare initiative called the AC Wellness Network that will service the company’s 80,000 U.S.-based employees and their families.
“AC Wellness Network believes that having trusting, accessible relationships with our patients, enabled by technology, promotes high-quality care and a unique patient experience,” a message on the website reads.
The company calls its plan “a unique concierge-like healthcare experience,” and provided details on the kinds of health professionals it wants to hire for those clinics. “Candidates must have an appreciation for the patient experience and passion for wellness and population health — integrating best clinical practices and technology in a manner that drives patient engagement.”
Those jobs include:
Behavioral health partners who will work with physicians to help patients improve health and wellness through sustainable behavior change;
Clinical exercise coaches who will help craft fitness programs for patients, especially those with cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases and disorders;
Wellness physicians focused on holistic-driven care, with an emphasis on preventing future disease; and
Care navigators who will serve as the first point-of-contact for the clinic’s patients and help establish its concierge service model.
Apple’s primary care group will start off with two clinics, both in Santa Clara County, California, home to the tech giant. At present, there are no additional details for the health clinics at the company’s other campuses.
Company site healthcare continues to grow
Offering employees on-/near-site healthcare is on the rise; it’s estimated that 30 percent of companies with 5,000+ workers offer the perk. Included on that list are corporations like Goldman-Sachs, USAA, Mars, and Capital One Financial.
Other corporations have also moved to build a better healthcare system for employees, but not necessarily with on-site clinics like Apple’s. Amazon recently announced a partnership with Berkshire-Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase to develop its own healthcare plan.
Walmart also inked deals with niche healthcare providers like the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo to aid its 1.1 million employees in need of heart care and organ transplants.