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Health Technology Executive Yoky Matsuoka Leaves Apple After Less Than a Year

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According to a report from Bloomberg, an executive hired by Apple to lead the teams responsible for HealthKit, CareKit, and ResearchKit has left the company.

Yoky Matsuoka was only hired in May and reported to Jeff Williams, the company’s COO and its head of teams for the Apple Watch and various health initiatives. The reason for the departure is unknown, as Apple has refused to comment and Matsuoka herself has stayed silent.

The executive is a veteran of the technology industry, with accomplishments like co-founding Google X, and helping to invent a robotic hand. Prior to joining Apple, she was working as vice president of Alphabet’s Nest Labs, where she developed the technology that allows the Nest Thermostat to automatically adapt to your living habits.

Apple has been building up its health teams for years, initially with the Apple Watch in mind. However, it seems like the focus of this team is now centered around products like HealthKit, CareKit, and ResearchKit.

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