Desai serves as Vice President of Health at Apple, overseeing health initiatives including clinical product development, medical research, and innovative clinical partnerships. She also leads the regulatory and quality teams at Apple.
The senior Apple executive recently served as Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation in the Department of Medicine at Stanford Medicine, as well as Associate Chief Medical Officer at Stanford Healthcare. She also serves as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine.
Apple’s focus on health
Over the last few years — more so since the launch of the Apple Watch — Apple has been working extensively in the field of health. The company is working with Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, the American Heart Association, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins University, to conduct health studies and advance discovery with the ResearchKit and CareKit platforms.
With the Apple Watch, the company has been introducing new health and fitness features for users. Apple recently launched its temperature sensing capability with the retrospective ovulation estimates feature, adding to the many consumer health tools available on Apple Watch and iPhone including the ECG app, irregular rhythm notifications, cycle tracking and hearing health features.
Apple has also made available a number of tools and core technologies to all developers to help them create apps, including more than 250,000 software development building blocks called APIs. With the HealthKit API, Apple makes it possible for third-party developers to develop health and fitness apps that take advantage of the sensors on the iPhone and Apple Watch and are compatible with the Health app.