Apple rumoured to enter health systems market
June 2, 2016
Speculation has mounted that technology giant Apple is about to enter the healthcare systems market. The market is tightly regulated, and is difficult to enter due to regulatory compliance enforced by various national agencies. The speculation arose after Apple published a job advert for a lawyer specialising in HIPAA to work with software developers and engineers. HIPAA is a central piece of US regulation of healthcare systems.
The job advert is looking for a lawyer with experience “at a top-tier law firm or business” as well as first class academic credentials, health privacy expertise and professional certifications related to information privacy.
HIPAA is a body of US legislation that regulates how health information is stored and transferred. Understanding and complying with the legislation is a requirement for any software company dealing with confidential patient health information.
Until now, Apple has been content to stay away from the highly regulated US healthcare market.