Apple hires CEO of prescription tracking startup Mango Health

“Apple has hired the former CEO of medication tracking start-up Mango Health Jason Oberfest, with the employment of the executive potentially indicating Apple wants to move its health and fitness-related efforts into helping users manage their medication,” Malcolm Owen reports for AppleInsider.

“Oberfest was replaced as chief executive by Mango Health president Yadin Shemmer in Novemer, It was not advised at the time where Oberfest was headed, but CNBC reports Oberfest updated his LinkedIn profile to advise of his new workplace earlier this week,” Owen reports. “Neither Apple nor Oberfest have commented on what the former CEO would be working on, but considering his past, it is highly likely to be on teams relating to health and wellness. ”

Owen reports, “Prescription adherence is an issue that costs the U.S. Healthcare system between $100 and $289 billion per year, making any attempts to get consumers to take their medicine a potential cost-saving measure for the industry as a whole.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Kudos to Apple and Jason Oberfest whose surname, missing only the “kto,” has now triggered us like Pavlov’s dogs.

Cherished interns, please perform you’re most important weekly (so we claim) duty: TTK!

Prost, everyone!

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

1 Comment

  1. To put the problem in perspective from CDC figures:

    90 million people in the US have polypharmacy: they take 5 or more prescription drugs, let alone the retail over the counter (OTC) drugs and supplements.
    20 million of those 90 million people above take 10 or more prescription drugs.
    The #1 reason for retiree hospital admissions are ADEs, Adverse Drug Events.
    The #2 reason for retiree hospital admissions are Gastrointestinal bleeding, which are sometimes caused by ADEs.

    Over 100 prescription drugs have GI bleed warnings along with a plethora of other warnings. Then prescription drugs mixed with OTC drugs, including aspirin & ibuprofen, and some foods (grapefruit) and supplements including some herbs can cause a wide array of problems.

    Some of these ADE problems can cause fatal actions. People tend to view aspirin as “safe”, but it causes thousands of deaths per year.

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