Online giant Amazon announced that it is offering a new service called Amazon Clinic that provides virtual “message-based” healthcare for more than 20 minor health conditions, adding another affordable healthcare option for more than 8.5 million people in North Texas.
Along with the company’s Amazon Pharmacy service, Amazon Clinic joins Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drug Company as a new, affordable healthcare option for North Texans.
The company said that Amazon Clinic will operate in 32 states and provide virtual care for more than 20 common health conditions including allergies, acne, and hair loss.
“At Amazon, we want to make it dramatically easier for people to get and stay healthy,” Dr. Nworah Ayogu, chief medical officer and general manager of Amazon Clinic, said in a blog posting. “We’ve begun that journey with Amazon Pharmacy—where customers can get their medication delivered to their door conveniently—in just two days for Prime Members.”
Amazon is buying One Medical, will connect customers to telehealth providers
Ayogu said the company also entered into an agreement to buy One Medical, a human-centered and technology-powered provider of primary care. Its members interact with a provider via a dedicated app.
Ayogu said that Amazon Clinic is a message-based virtual care service that connects customers with affordable virtual healthcare options when and how it’s needed at home, after dinner, at the grocery store, or on the go.
“We believe that improving both the occasional and ongoing engagement experience is necessary to making care dramatically better,” Oyagu said. “We also believe that customers should have the agency to choose what works best for them. Amazon Clinic is just one of the ways we’re working to empower people to take control of their health by providing access to convenient, affordable care in partnership with trusted providers.”
He said that Amazon’s new healthcare store lets customers choose from a network of leading telehealth providers based on their preferences.
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