Apple Offers Free Genetic Testing to Cupertino Employees

Through Apple's AC Wellness services that offer health benefits to Cupertino employees, Apple has begun providing its staff with free genetic testing, reports CNBC.

AC Wellness operates on-site health clinics on and near Apple's Cupertino campuses, and through a partnership with Color Genomics, employees are able to get genetic screenings for diseases.


Genetic testing is expected to help employees uncover health problems that could turn into risks later in time, allowing patients to take preventative steps. Color's test is able to look for gene mutations associated with cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The test created by Color is not sold directly to consumers and is instead ordered by clinicians at AC Wellness, with a follow up appointment required to discuss the health results.

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6 weeks ago
This is a good way for Apple to weed out those employees that may become a significant health care cost.
Rating: 37 Votes
6 weeks ago
Genetic testing done through an employer?

Ha, ha - no.
Rating: 37 Votes
6 weeks ago


Only on MacRumors would Apple hate be such that trying to prevent illness/disease is seen as a bad thing. Yes what a terrible thing that a company would put in place programs to try and prevent employees from incurring significant health care costs in the first place.

Full disclosure: the insurance company I work for has Apple as one of its self insured customers. We have a dedicated team that supports Apple 24/7.

It’s not hate just because you don’t agree with it :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
Rating: 18 Votes
6 weeks ago
GATTACA in progress
Rating: 18 Votes
6 weeks ago


Only on MacRumors would Apple hate be such that trying to prevent illness/disease is seen as a bad thing. Yes what a terrible thing that a company would put in place programs to try and prevent employees from incurring significant health care costs in the first place.

Full disclosure: the insurance company I work for has Apple as one of its self insured customers. We have a dedicated team that supports Apple 24/7.


Perhaps it's not Apple hate, though.

Humans and worse yet, corporations, have a horrible track record of wielding such power to the ends of which they SAY they're going to use it for.

I would be concerned over this regardless of which company implements it, particularly in a scenario where the individual cannot opt out.
Rating: 16 Votes
6 weeks ago


Only on MacRumors would Apple hate be such that trying to prevent illness/disease is seen as a bad thing. Yes what a terrible thing that a company would put in place programs to try and prevent employees from incurring significant health care costs in the first place.

Full disclosure: the insurance company I work for has Apple as one of its self insured customers. We have a dedicated team that supports Apple 24/7.


If this was Apple's real concern, they'd offer reimbursement to the service of an employee's choosing.
Rating: 16 Votes
6 weeks ago


Can’t wait for people to complain about this in someway.


And you’re shocked? Soon employers will make this mandatory.

What strange times we live in.
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That information is unlikely to channel back to the employer.


Ok.Sure.
Rating: 14 Votes
6 weeks ago


That information is unlikely to channel back to the employer.


No one can know that.
Rating: 13 Votes
6 weeks ago


Only on MacRumors would Apple hate be such that trying to prevent illness/disease is seen as a bad thing. Yes what a terrible thing that a company would put in place programs to try and prevent employees from incurring significant health care costs in the first place.

Full disclosure: the insurance company I work for has Apple as one of its self insured customers. We have a dedicated team that supports Apple 24/7.

It isn’t Apple Hate, it is recognition that the corporate state is getting too powerful. the powerful are getting to know too much about the little guy, now even their DNA?
In this particular instance corporations getting to know far too much about their employees, and the risk of consequences down the track. You don’t see it as your company’s business model would benefit from this.

this is a risk because of the way the US does private health insurance. in an ideal world people would be responsible for their own health insurance, and one’s employer would have absolutely no say in it. This would of course suck for insurance providers, but would significantly improve insurance costs via increased competition as they would have to work for each individual’s business, rather than just wine and dine corporate execs. health insurance should not be salary packaged.

And now it seems true private insurance could have the added bonus of another road block to the creation of the a Big Brother State.
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The vitriol around this is ridiculous. Apple is essentially giving you a code to redeem at Color if you want to get some genetic testing done and learn about your likelihood of various diseases / cancers. This is a very nice perk.

Can Apple access the data? Of course not. If you are concerned about Apple accessing this data, then I suspect you're the same type that worries that any company can access the records of any other company. So you're probably avoiding all genetic testing. Apple providing its employees with a code to redeem for Color is similar to providing you healthcare. I am not worried my employer is getting a report from my therapist because I have mental health provisions in my employer provided healthcare.

If you can’t see the downstream risks of this you deserve what will eventually happen to you.
Rating: 10 Votes
6 weeks ago


https://www.truevault.com/resources/compliance/how-much-do-hipaa-violations-cost

The cost if they were caught would be bad, not just for them but for the healthcare provider.


Because Corporate America never rolls the dice where serious legal consequences are concerned. It's hard data. No one can know exactly where it is going.
Rating: 9 Votes

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