October 30, 2019
Articles referenced in today's episode:
Alphabet makes offer to acquire Fitbit
Facebook's new tool tells users what checkups they need, where to get them
Amazon makes its second digital health acquisition with Health Navigator
October 24, 2019
Amazon has quietly made another digital health acquisition, buying digital health startup Health Navigator for an undisclosed amount. CNBC first reported the news.
Founded in 2014, La Grange, Illinois-based Health Navigator offers digital health clinical content in the form of APIs that can be used by EHRs, telemedicine providers, health chatbots and medical call centers.
Amazon will reportedly...
September 24, 2019
Amazon is launching Amazon Care, a virtual primary care offering for its Seattle-based employees. CNBC broke the news after Amazon sent information about the program to its employees and launched a website, amazon.care, laying out the details of the offering.
"To help Amazon employees get excellent medical advice and help whenever it’s needed, we’re piloting a new program for employees and their...
July 31, 2019
Peloton pulls the plug. Owners of the first generation of Peloton’s exercise bike touchscreens will no longer be receiving new software updates for their device, the company announced in a message on its support page. The touchscreen will still be able to access content, but the company is recommending that these users purchase a hardware upgrade so that they may continue to receive new feature...
July 25, 2019
After months of treading water, mobile ECG maker AliveCor has finally named its new CEO: Priya Abani, who up until this point led the Alexa Voice Service for Amazon.
Abani’s three years at Amazon as general manager for devices and enablement saw her spearheading integration efforts to integrate voice assistant with Amazon’s various connected services, as well as leading its product, engineering,...
July 16, 2019
VitalityHealth and Doctify's new website. Health insurer VitalityHealth has partnered with Doctify, a leading online review and booking platform for medical consultants. They have developed ‘Vitality Specialist Finder’, a website where members can refine their search for doctors by speciality, rating and location, leave reviews and book appointments 24 hours a day.
Dr Ali Hasan, clinical...
July 10, 2019
After the formal launch of NHSX, a new unit for digital, data and technology, the department of health and social care in England has announced that the NHS is working with Amazon to make verified health information available through the AI-powered voice assistant Alexa.
Amazon’s algorithms will use information from the NHS.UK resource to give people answers to questions about common illnesses,...
May 23, 2019
Amazon is building a wrist-worn device and accompanying app that listens to the wearer’s voice to identify their emotions, according to an anonymous source as well as internal documents acquired and reported on by Bloomberg.
The system, codenamed Dylan, is intended to be used as a health and wellness product, and might be adapted to provide the wearer guidance on how they may more effectively...
April 24, 2019
Nearly a year after Amazon announced that it acquired virtual pharmacy PillPack for close to $1 billion, the retail giant is now starting to market the service to its Amazon Prime members.
Evidence of this emerged yesterday when Twitter users started posting the adverts introducing the new service to members. Notably, Jay Hancock, a Kaiser Health News correspondent, posted a screenshot of his...