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A couple of years back, Tim Cook made a bold statement.
Talking to CNBC as he previewed a host of new services, the Apple CEO pointed to health as the area where the world’s largest company would make its greatest contribution to mankind.
The potential was clear. Millions of us wear Apple Watches, giving us access to its array of health-related features. But, as Blake Dodge reported this week, delivering on Apple’s ambitious vision to reinvent healthcare has proven challenging.
Her story describes organizational problems in Apple’s health division. The situation has gotten so serious that some employees have lodged complaints with Cook himself. Read on for more on this story and to hear from Blake and her editor Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer.
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Senior reporter Blake Dodge and editor Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer take us behind the scenes of the reporting process on our investigation into Apple’s healthcare arm.
What prompted you to start looking into Apple Health?
Blake: I started to get the sense from talking to people in the healthcare industry that turbulence at Apple Health was kind of an open secret. When I started asking around about its leadership, a handful of people immediately wanted to talk, and their accounts of the organization were all really intense. That was a sign for me that this was worth pursuing.
How did you approach working on this story together?
Lydia: Blake is our go-to reporter for covering all the healthcare developments happening at big tech companies, of which there are many. Most of what I did was make sure Blake knew she had the space to go out and do the kind of reporting it’d take to land a story like this. Every week, I’d hear more and more about what she’d uncovered until finally it felt like a good time to get drafting.
What detail really stuck out to you?
Blake: Hearing about specific employees’ experiences in this org was really striking to me. People felt they were asked to do the wrong things and many resigned in protest of the punitive culture. The list of complaints is extensive. These are real people who have been through something difficult and I felt a responsibility to explain that.
What do you hope readers take away from this?
Lydia: Blake’s reporting demonstrates why we see so many headlines about the culture at particular companies: that it can play a role in what the company is able to achieve, in healthcare, or any big venture, really. I hope readers are able to get a sense of why it matters that we’re reading so many headlines about workers speaking out about the pressure they’re under.
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