Apple has hired dozens of doctors to back up health offerings

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Apple quietly employs dozens of doctors, "an indication that Apple is serious about helping customers manage disease, and not just wellness or fitness," CNBC's Christina Farr reports.

Why it matters: Apple has already begun to roll out a handful of health-related offerings — mainly its tool for electronic medical records and the new heart-monitoring capabilities on Apple Watch. But having a fuller staff of doctors on board (good ones!) signals bigger aspirations.

Between the lines: Employing doctors isn't just useful for managing directly health-related products, Farr notes.

  • They can also help run the traps on new technologies, earning Apple more buy-in from the broader medical community as it rolls out new products. (Consider the educational resources and regulatory sign-offs that accompanied the latest Apple Watch.)

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