Amazon Care has a number of clients, says exec Babak Parviz
“We have had fairly a little bit of curiosity from different corporations in utilizing this service,” Parviz, a vp engaged on Amazon Care, mentioned at The Wall Avenue Journal’s Tech Well being digital occasion. Parviz added that Amazon plans to announce which corporations have signed on to make use of the service later this summer time.
Shares of Teladoc Well being, a significant telemedicine supplier, slid 1.6% following the information.
Amazon Care launched in 2019 as a pilot program for workers in and across the firm’s Seattle headquarters. The service supplies digital pressing care visits, in addition to free telehealth consults and in-home visits for a price from nurses for testing and vaccinations.
Amazon introduced in March that it might broaden the digital care a part of this system nationally for its staff and different corporations beginning this summer time. To begin, the added in-person companies will solely be provided in Washington state and metro areas together with Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The corporate is working to make the complete Amazon Care service obtainable to different geographies, “as quick as we will,” Parviz mentioned. Amazon is eyeing bringing the service to rural areas sooner or later, he added.
To achieve that scale, Amazon must rent hundreds of staff, Parviz mentioned.
Amazon has lengthy set its sights on disrupting the health-care trade. Along with Amazon Care, the corporate final fall launched Amazon Pharmacy, a web based prescription success service, which constructed on its acquisition of PillPack in 2018. Final 12 months, Amazon partnered with worker well being supplier Crossover Well being to launch neighborhood well being clinics for warehouse employees and their households in a handful of cities.
Amazon additionally helped launch a three way partnership with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan that was designed to enhance employer well being packages. Known as Haven, the enterprise disbanded in early 2021, in an indication of how troublesome it could be to deal with challenges in American well being care.
— CNBC’s Bertha Coombs contributed to this report.