If you’re new to this newsletter, sign up here. Tips, comments? Email me at email@example.com or tweet @AndrewE_Dunn. Dr. Sumbul Desai, M.D., a VP of health at Apple, speaks during Apple’s developers conference in 2019. REUTERS/Mason Trinca Apple is scaling back its plans for HealthHabit, an app that Apple employees could use to track fitness goals and talk to clinicians and coaches, Insider’s Blake Dodge reports. More than 50 Apple workers spent significant time on the app, and there could be layoffs in their future. HealthHabit could be shut down, or it could continue in a scaled-down manner.
Hello and welcome to Insider Healthcare. Andrew Dunn here, summing up the week’s healthcare news: According to the Biden administration, COVID-19 booster doses will begin in September. Apple is reducing the scope of a crucial health initiative, while Google is discontinuing Google Health. We featured 30 healthcare sector professionals under the age of 40. Dr. Sumbul Desai, M.D., Apple’s VP of Health, speaks at the 2019 Developers Conference.
Setbacks and disappointments have frequently befallen tech giants’ early efforts in healthcare. The $3.8 trillion industry certainly has the size to be appetizing to companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple, but they often face challenges in showing health projects can be revenue-makers and win the backing of corporate leaders, as Blake and Hugh Langley wrote about earlier this year. Blake and Hugh also had the scoop on Google Health’s future as unit head David Feinberg departs. Google is dismantling the division, and moving Google Health’s projects and teams to different parts of the company.
As for Apple, HealthHabit could have been another consumer product at the end of the day, Blake reported. Apple is scaling back a key health project that grew out of its care clinics, and some workers could lose their jobs biden vaccine biden vaccine Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images You get a booster, and you get a booster … US health officials dramatically changed their messaging on booster shots this week, announcing a plan to offer all Americans an extra COVID-19 shot eight months after their initial vaccination.