Major care: Amazon’s health-care ambitions

Major care: Amazon’s health-care ambitions


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The neatest perception and evaluation, from all views, rounded up from across the internet:

Amazon is shopping for my physician’s workplace, mentioned Ari Levy at CNBC, and now “the identical firm that sends me numerous containers each week” will “personal the portals containing my medical info.” Amazon has been pushing into the well being area for years, “however I by no means took into consideration the likelihood that it would at some point personal One Medical.” Then final week Amazon introduced plans to amass the nationwide primary-care community — which occurs to be my very own care supplier — for $3.9 billion. Clearly, the tech big “must work laborious to persuade shoppers — and certain politicians — that its intentions are pure.” Then once more, successful folks over won’t be so tough. “The established order in well being care is depressing,” and Amazon “acknowledges the system’s many flaws and inefficiencies” simply from “making an attempt to supply higher care” to its 1.6 million staff.

Amazon is “severe about constructing a complete health-care enterprise,” mentioned John Tozzi and Matt Day in Bloomberg. It purchased the mail-order pharmacy PillPack in 2018 and began a primary-care community, Amazon Care, for its staff. One Medical, with about 767,000 sufferers, remains to be solely “a distinct segment participant in an enormous market.” The larger significance of this deal could also be seen in how others reply. Amazon’s 2017 deal for Complete Meals did not make it a dominant grocer, but it surely did “spook retail rivals to redouble their meals supply efforts.”

“It is true that One Medical is just not a significant health-care participant,” mentioned David Dayen in The American Prospect — at this level. However Amazon has the size and would “have alternatives to leverage” all its information within the well being area. That is a part of an rising sample: CVS additionally has an “entrenched” place within the business, with a pharmacy, an insurance coverage firm (Aetna), and a community of urgent-care clinics. “Reasonably than ready to see a conglomerate develop, businesses may act to chop off such behemoths earlier than they develop.” Amazon likes to say it has a “buyer obsession.” Actually? requested Geoffrey Fowler in The Washington Put up. Good day, its first well being gadget, was “hands-down probably the most invasive tech I’ve ever examined.” It asks customers to “strip down and strap on a microphone so it may well make 3D scans of your physique fats and monitor your tone of voice. No joke, it has a pc let you know if it thinks you sound ‘condescending.'” That is who I am presupposed to belief with my medical data?

“We imagine there may be a lot to study from the One Medical mannequin of care,” mentioned physicians Katherine Gergen-Barnett and Russell Phillips in Stat Information, and Amazon is sensible to enter well being care via the primary-care workplace. Funding there, on the “entrance door” of well being care, can result in decrease prices and higher well being outcomes. However we fear about what the entry of firms like Amazon will imply for entry to medical care. One Medical caters to a rich, white-collar clientele and takes “wholesome, well-educated sufferers who require less-complex care out of the standard primary-care system.” This leaves “a widening disparity between those that have” primary-care service equivalent to Amazon’s and those that don’t.

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