Apple is following the likes of Amazon with its new health care initiative for the tech giant's employees and their families. The program, called AC Wellness, is expected to launch in the spring with two clinics that serve staffers near the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California.
"AC Wellness Network believes that having trusting, accessible relationships with our patients, enabled by technology, promotes high-quality care and a unique patient experience," the website reads. Few details are known about AC Wellness, but its career page lists job openings for a nurse practitioner, primary care physician, and a behavior health partner.
Additionally, Apple hopes to implement a program that focuses on preventing disease and promoting healthy lifestyles, according to CNBC. The tech behemoth will also use AC Wellness clinics to test its health products and services.
This news comes less than a month after Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and J.P. Morgan announced they were teaming up to form a health care company for their U.S.-based employees. While these initiatives are a perk for staffers, they may also save the companies billions of dollars.
About 69 million employees in the U.S. say they miss work because of health problems every year, which reduces economic output by $260 billion per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Establishing better primary care would also save employers money, because preventing disease is cheaper than treating someone who is already sick.
"Our goal is really not just for the three companies. Our goal is something other people can pick up on," Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett told CNBC on Monday.