“Yoky Matsuoka, who joined Apple Inc. in May as an executive to help run health technology initiatives, has left the iPhone maker, according to people familiar with the matter,” Mark Gurman reports for Bloomberg.

“Matsuoka was hired to lead teams involved with the company’s HealthKit tracking software, the CareKit tool for managing patient medical care, the ResearchKit framework for conducting medical studies via Apple devices, and related machine learning algorithms,” Gurman reports. “Matsuoka reported to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, who also runs the teams related to the Apple Watch, health research, and fitness applications.”

“Before joining Apple, Matsuoka led technology efforts as a vice president at Alphabet Inc.’s Nest Labs. She is credited with developing the technology that helps Nest thermostats automatically adapt to things like environmental conditions and past usage,” Gurman reports. “Matsuoka was a pioneer in robotics, having helped invent a lifelike robotic hand. She is also a co-founder of Google X, the lab that produced Google Glass.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Good luck to Matsuoka in her future endeavors. May they work better than Next thermostats and Google Glass.

Onward and upward for Apple’s health technology initiatives!

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