Apple’s medical team for iWatch now reportedly includes former Masimo CMO

“Last week MobiHealthNews reported that one of Apple’s most recent hires — assumedly for its rumored iWatch team — Nancy Dougherty, was a former employee at high profile company Proteus Digital Health,” Brian Dolan reports for MobiHeathNews.

“Following that story, we received a tip that Apple has also hired Michael O’Reilly, the former chief medical officer of Masimo Corporation, which specializes in pulse oximeters,” Dolan reports. “At the very end of 2012 Masimo commercially launched an iPhone-enabled pulse oximeter called the iSpO2.”

“Michael O’Reilly MD is an anesthesiologist who lists teaching gigs at University of Michigan and University of California at Irvine on his LinkedIn profile, which also notes his employment at Masimo Corporation ended in July 2013,” Dolan reports. “He held the position of Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Medical Affairs.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jeff.L” for the heads up.]


  1. Interesting. Pulse oximetry normally measures the level of hemoglobin in the blood, an indicator of blood oxygenation, and can help a user or physician identify sleep patterns and abnormalities such as sleep apnea, provide information that could predict heart attacks, stroke, pneumonia and more. It will be fascinating to see how this plays out.

    I wonder if the genesis for all this could have started with Steve Jobs. Given all the time he had to spend in hospitals late in his remarkable life, he saw the inefficiencies of health care first hand. Never one to be shy about things that could be changed for the better through innovation, I’m sure that he shared his observations with others at Apple. Perhaps someday, we may learn of his influence on a future direction for the company.

    Stay tuned. This may surely get interesting.

  2. “Intubated, when he couldn’t talk, he asked for a notepad. He sketched devices to hold an iPad in a hospital bed. He designed new fluid monitors and x-ray equipment. He redrew that not-quite-special-enough hospital unit.

    -From Steve’s sister’s eulogy for him.

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