Orthopedic surgeon among 40+ physicians Apple hired to guide healthcare strategy — 5 insights

Apple has employed dozens of physicians as it aims to integrate health technologies into the Apple Watch, iPad and iPhone, CNBC reports.

Here's what you should know:

1. The hires could indicate Apple plans to build applications to address serious medical problems. 

2. CNBC was able to identify 20 physicians who work at Apple. Sources said the company employs up to 50 physicians.

3. Orthopedic surgeon Sharat Kusuma, MD, was hired to manage Apple's partnership with Zimmer Biomet. He leads a team studying whether Apple technology can help patients recover from hip and knee replacement surgeries.

4. Other physicians at Apple are working on Apple Watch, health records or research and development.

5. The providers could help Apple win over other physicians, who are concerned about liability and already overburdened by technology.

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