Amazon employees are told that they can receive medical care on call
Amazon Care, the company’s online medical clinic for its own employees, is trying to hire half a dozen people for business development positions to “build and develop relationships with commercial and government businesses.”; Most of the roles have been published in the last month.
By creating a business development team, the company signals its intention to go beyond its employees. Amazon has a history of developing products that it tests on its own workforce before expanding to the general population.
Moreover, a person familiar with the business unit’s plans told CNBC that Amazon Care had begun turning to health plans and employers in the Washington area to discuss going beyond its own employees. The plans are under investigation and cannot lead to expansion.
Launched as a pilot project in the fall of 2019, Amazon Care offers a virtual medical clinic for employees and their dependents in Washington state. The goal is to facilitate access to quality primary care online, and home visits are also available in some areas.
In recent years, Amazon is increasingly moving into the medical sector. In 2018, he acquired PillPack, which offers home delivery of drugs, and created a pharmacy team under this unit. His Alexa team also has a wellness and wellness center focused on voice applications. In August, the company entered the wearable market with a device known as Halo to track the health and fitness of its users.
Telemedicine presents significant market opportunities. It is expected to cost more than $ 17 billion by 2026, as more people choose to interact with their doctors online. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated this change, with the federal government easing rules to make it easier for doctors to pay for an online visit.
In September, Amazon Care announced that it had expanded its service from its Seattle headquarters to all of its Washington offices.
An Amazon spokesman declined to comment.