In an effort to increase their growing health initiative, Apple initially started Tueo Health, which has been working on a system to help parents monitor asthma children while they are sleeping. According to CNBC Tueo increased $ 1.1 million in seed funding in 2017, and then by the end of 2018, both CEO Bronwyn Harris and COO changed Anura Patil's employer to Apple on LinkedIn. This is probably when the acquisition was completed.
At the time of acquisition, Tueo Health developed a mobile app that worked with commercial breath sensors to track a child's asthma symptoms. When the app is able to determine a baseline, it will send a notice to the parents if there are any discrepancies when the child is asleep.
Harris explained why Tueo was inspired to create the system in an interview conducted before the acquisition:
When we looked at the competition landscape, we found many solutions, but no one who addressed the core issues the parents met. Families want to know if their child's asthma is under control and what to do when it's not. There was no good marker for asthma control, and if you didn't, all other solutions are just band-aids.
In recent years, Apple has been putting a lot of pressure on healthcare, with Apple Watch as its primary tool for delivering health technologies and services to consumers. Apple Watch Series 4 can even perform electrocardiograms and detect when the user has fallen. Before long it may also be able to track breathing patterns and send out a warning if something worrying happens while you sleep.
Of course, not every acquisition leads directly to a new health feature, but Apple is expected to overhaul its health program this year along with the release of iOS 1