Amazon workers are instructed they will get well being care on name
Amazon has attracted a number of corporations which are concerned about utilizing its telehealth service, referred to as Amazon Care, firm government Babak Parviz mentioned Wednesday.
“We’ve had quite a bit of interest from other companies in using this service,” Parviz, a vice chairman engaged on Amazon Care, mentioned at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Health digital occasion. Parviz added that Amazon plans to announce which corporations have signed on to make use of the service later this summer time.
Amazon Care launched in 2019 as a pilot program for workers in and across the firm’s Seattle headquarters. The service offers digital pressing care visits, in addition to free telehealth consults and in-home visits for a charge from nurses for testing and vaccinations.
Amazon introduced in March that it could develop the digital care a part of this system nationally for its workers 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 firm is working to make the total Amazon Care service obtainable to different geographies, “as fast as we can,” Parviz mentioned. Amazon is eyeing bringing the service to rural areas sooner or later, he added.
To attain that scale, Amazon must rent 1000’s of workers, Parviz mentioned.
Amazon has lengthy set its sights on disrupting the health-care business. In addition to Amazon Care, the corporate final fall launched Amazon Pharmacy, a web-based prescription success service, which constructed on its acquisition of PillPack in 2018. Last 12 months, Amazon partnered with worker well being supplier Crossover Health 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 applications. Called Haven, the enterprise disbanded in early 2021, in an indication of how troublesome it might be to sort out challenges in American well being care.
— CNBC’s Bertha Coombs contributed to this report.