As Amazon Moves Into Healthcare, Here's What We Know—and What We Suspect—About its Plans

April 11, 2018

Remember when we first heard the news about Amazon jumping into the healthcare space? Sources confirm the rumors are true—though the company hasn’t released many details, Amazon is indeed making moves, CNBC reports.


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CNBC expands: “[Amazon’s] hiring trends and recent product development hint strongly at where it could go.” Here’s what we know, what we don’t know and “what experts think about Amazon’s potential to disrupt the $3 trillion sector.”

What we know:

  • Amazon is already selling medical supplies and equipment to clinics and hospitals, and it is looking to build out that business.
  • Amazon’s cloud business, AWS, is pitching its services to healthcare customers.
  • Amazon is planning to take on the problem of rising employee health benefits costs. Remember the JP Morgan-Berkshire Hathaway-Amazon announcement back in January?
  • Amazon sees the potential to bring voice technologies into the home, as well as the hospital and clinic.

What we don’t know (but suspect):

  • Amazon is poised to do something big in the pharmacy space.
  • Amazon is positioning itself to shake up the experience of care and how it's delivered.
  • Amazon Vice President Babak Parviz has spent a good deal of time thinking about the problem of aging, specifically on how technology can help.
  • Amazon is making inroads with the largest medical records companies, which is vitally important for efforts that make use of clinical data.

What do the health experts think about these proof points? Who’s enthusiastic, and who’s skeptical? Read the full coverage at CNBC, and let us know your thoughts on the latest Amazon-healthcare news.

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