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Amazon's Newest Moves in Healthcare

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While we might not be able to fully predict everything Amazon will provide with their new healthcare company, Haven, it is clear that the collaboration of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and J.P. Morgan have the potential to completely disrupt healthcare as we see it today. Haven will initially serve employees of the three companies.

But Haven isn’t the only news in the pipeline for Amazon’s healthcare ventures. In case you haven’t been following their most recent moves, here are a few big indicators of disruption in the works:

Pharmacy updates: PillPack
On the front page of their Pillpack store page, Amazon boldly states “forget what you know about pharmacy…No more driving to the store, waiting in line, or chasing your refills.” The service is provided at no cost, and the steps to sign up are simple. The only costs will be co-pays and any costs for over the counter or herbal supplements. Have your insurance card ready, your physician’s contact information, and your prescription medications, over the counter medications, and herbal supplements ready to go. In 15 minutes, patients can sign up to have their medications packaged in an organized manner and delivered right to their doorstep.

Artificial Intelligence: Benefits and Limitations
In early April 2019, Amazon announced that HIPAA-covered entities would be able to build services via Alexa that would allow consumers to access their own personal health information, seek information about where to receive care, and further understand their healthcare benefits. While Alexa’s artificial intelligence (AI) has a huge potential to help patient’s navigate the healthcare system, some concerns have been raised regarding the security of private information.

 Another AI service that integrates with electronic health records is called Amazon Comprehend Medical. With Amazon Comprehend Medical, hospitals and other entities can participate in a cloud-based service that integrates data via Amazon Web Services (AWS). When keywords are recognized by AWS, participating entities can identify potential candidates for research studies. Concerns about the quality and accuracy of data in existing electronic medical records can lead to extraction of imperfect data by AI systems.

Next, they are looking at the insurance market.
Amazon has started their application to sell insurance in India, and is looking into the U.S. and the UK.

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Amazon's Newest Moves in Healthcare
Jackie Boyle

Jackie is a full-time pharmacist and career coach at TheHappyPharmD, where she helps pharmacists live life by design. She loves her family, changing the world and the profession of pharmacy.


Dr. JOHN ADAN says:
July 18, 2019 AT 2:20 pm
This can be 70% more efficient, with lower costs, better accountability, transparency and quality. How? Using the information data processing with voice activation, 5G, blockchain, price list, on a mobile device.
Elizabeth J Wanner
Elizabeth J Wanner says:
July 21, 2019 AT 12:12 pm
Hello I am actively seeking a new position in Family medicine that will allow me to stay close to home. I have been in practice for 27 years but am actively seeking more control of my hours COVER LETTER I am a Board Certified Family Physician and have enjoyed 24 years in private practice. I sold my practice to St. Luke’s CHI in 2015 in hopes of having more control over my hours and less administrative burden. I am very comfortable with suturing, splinting, and the management of common upper respiratory infections and GI and GU problems seen in everyday primary care, but I am also seasoned in the more complex problems involving cardiac, GI, and acute abdomen. I am seeking a position in urgent care with controlled hours, as I now find myself the caretaker of two 90-year-old parents who need my attention. Please consider my CV and feel free to contact me if I can answer any additional questions you might have. Sincerely, Elizabeth J. Wanner, M.D. EJW/rs CURRICULUM VITAE Name:​​Elizabeth J. Wanner, M.D., P.A. Present Title:​​Family Practice Physician, Board Certified Address:​​13315 Wildwood ​​Tomball, Texas 77375 Telephone number:​​281-351-1990 Email address:​​perkymd@gmail.com Social Security #:​​389-82-9959 Birthdate:​​March 28, 1962 Citizenship:​​​United States Graduate Education:​​Residency Family Medicine ​​The University of Texas Medical School at Houston ​​Memorial Southwest Hospital ​​​1989 - 1992 ​Medical Doctorate ​The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Houston, Texas 1985 - 1989 Medical Training:​​Certified Injector – Botox, Juvederm ​​Cynosure Certification for Elite IPL Laser Undergraduate Education:​Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med ​Carroll College ​Waukesha, WI ​1980 - 1984 ​​Medical Technology, ASCP ​Allied Health Science Center ​Southwestern Medical School ​Dallas, Texas ​1985 Awards and Honors:​Vice President, Family Practice Club ​U.T. Medical School Houston ​1988 - 1989 ​Chairman Family Practice Group ​June 1996 - June 1997 ​Chairman Credentials Committee for TIPO ​June 1996 - July 1997 Language:​Primary: English ​​​Some French and Spanish Certification:​Board Certified, 1992 ​ Certified in Colposcopy, NPI March 1991 ​American Board of Family Medicine, Board Certified ​Recertified in 2013 ​BLS and ACLS Certified, July 2019 Licensure:​Texas State Board License #H8495 ​Effective 12-04-1990 Professional Experience:​Primary Care Practice with St. Luke’s Baylor CHI ​Tomball, Texas ​2015 - Present ​Solo Practice ​Elizabeth J. Wanner, M.D., P.A. ​1101 Alma, Suite 102 ​Tomball, Texas 77375 ​October 1995 – 2015 Kindred LTAC ​​Tomball, Texas ​February 2013- March 2014 ​In-house Hospitalist – Ran Code Team ​​Family Medicine Private Practice ​George Murillo, M.D., P.A. ​425 Holderrieth, Suite 112 ​Tomball, Texas 77375 ​1993 - 1995 Professional Experience Continued:​Family Medicine Private Practice ​Deborah Madden, M.D. & Associates ​16835 Deer Creek Drive, Suite 210 ​Spring, Texas 77379 ​1992 - 1993 Optifast Program Southwest ​Medical Director James T. Heisler, M.D. ​7500 Beechnut, Suite 150 ​Houston, Texas 77074 ​​1990 ​Minor Emergency ​Memorial Family Practice Center ​1211 Highway 6, Suite 1 ​Sugar Land, Texas 77478 ​1990 - 1992 ​Clinical Practice ​Memorial Family Practice Center ​7737 Southwest Freeway, #400 ​Houston, Texas 77074 ​1989 - 1992 VITAS Hospice Assistant Medical Director ​September 2017 – Present ​​Heart-to-Heart Hospice ​Assistant Medical Director ​2013 – 2016 New Life Wellness-Tomball ​Medical Director ​Laser and Injectables ​Trained nurses and technicians ​IPL/Pelleve/SculpSure ​2014 - December 2018 Tomball Laser Boutique ​Owner/Medical Director of Aesthetic Clinic ​Trained on Cynosure Elite for IPL and laser hair removal ​and in veins ​Trained in Botox and Filler Leadership/Committees:​Board Member for Baylor- St. Luke’s ​2015 - 2018 ​Chairman of Family Medicine ​Tomball Regional Hospital ​2005 - 2006 Personal Information: I am the mother of two full grown boys and married for 36 years. I enjoy music, playing piano, bird watching, and embroidering. I am an avid downhill skier and enjoy getting outdoors to hike and bike. Personal Information Continued: I have also spent a good portion of my medical career teaching students and residents. I grew up in a small rural town in Northeastern Wisconsin and prefer to stay in the outer suburbs of Northwest Houston. I now have two elderly parents living with me and need controlled hours and call.