Apple employees in Silicon Valley now have access to free disease genetic testing services due to Apple’s pilot cooperation with Color Genology.
Apple has been working with Color Genology for several months. Last year, Apple set up a specialized medical clinic called AC Wellness near its headquarters. Apple did it to provide employees and their families with a better medical experience.
This time, the partnership with Color Genology is a transition from passive clinic services to active services. It was done because genetic testing services can provide a window into future health risks. In some cases, patients can take precautions to reduce the possibility of getting sick.
Analysts said that by providing cutting-edge medical services AC Wellness can help Apple recruit and retain talent. In addition, although AC Wellness is technically a company independent of Apple, medical experts believe that it can help Apple quietly test new products or ideas without the risk of leaks. This collaboration with Color Genology suggests that Apple may have a broader interest in the field.
In fact, Apple has publicly acknowledged its interest in the health market and is moving forward with a series of efforts. It includes a health and fitness tracking product, the Apple Watch smartwatch, clinical research apps in partnership with academic medical centers, and health insurance companies Antai (Aetna).
But so far, Apple has only taken a tentative step in the field of genetics, introducing genetic data into its software ResearchKit. The latter makes it easier for academic researchers to use the iPhone for medical research.