Apple, Amazon, Google and TikTok Are Hiring Doctors. Tech Giants Expanding Into Healthcare.

‍Apple, Amazon, Google and TikTok are continuing to expand their healthcare divisions. Unequivocally, these companies shape society in the developed world. In this hyper-digitized reality they’ve created, coupled with an ongoing pandemic and increasingly health conscious consumers, executives are aware of the immense need for better healthcare systems, and are seeking medical talent to support their visions. 

Apple, Amazon, Google and TikTok are continuing to expand their healthcare divisions. Unequivocally, these companies shape society in the developed world. In this hyper-digitized reality they’ve created, coupled with an ongoing pandemic and increasingly health conscious consumers, executives are aware of the immense need for better healthcare systems, and are seeking medical talent to support their visions. Big tech companies have significant advantages that most government regulated players can’t emulate: 

Resource rich– The immense amount of user data, funding, infrastructure, networks and talent at their disposal allows them to gain fundamental and actionable insights on population health, preventative medicine, health economics, and create effective personalisation at scale. Traditional health providers are ill prepared to compete in today’s data-centered world. 

Forefront of software and hardware development– ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company were recently hiring for medical experts to join their AI drug discovery team. The existing machine learning technology behind the short-form video app, famous amongst Gen Zers for hosting viral 15 second dance clips, serves as a springboard for further research and development into the practical application of AI in healthcare. In similar vein, Google and Apple are leveraging their existing cloud computing tech, devices and partnerships with the aims of improving diagnostics, research workflows and personal data collection. 

Patient/user centered– I mentioned in my previous article that private and government regulations uniquely influence the healthcare sector in a way that is neither market driven, nor fully government provided. In this intermediated market structure, commitment to the patient experience gets lost. Inversely, we can expect tech companies to create more patient-centered products or services as their philosophy comprises of: (1) presenting the most elegant solution to existing problems (2) constant and rapid product testing (3) constant and rapid product improvements. Put differently, they prioritize the user experience above all else, and strive for perfection.

For doctors and medical experts who would like to get involved, It is now easier than ever to find non-clinical career opportunities at tech companies, digital health startups, and industry disruptors on sites like MedSeekr. You can apply now to Apple for the position of “Field Studies Specialist- Health Technologies” where they're “seeking a Studies Specialist to maintain our high standards with human study data collection efforts to support development and validation of new health sensors and algorithms”. Or, you can apply to join the Space Medicine team at SpaceX as a “Flight Surgeon”. They are seeking doctors to “ Work across teams to design, integrate, and implement a medical system of the future” 


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