AMAZON ACQUIRES START – UP HEALTH NAVIGATOR, ITS FIRST HEALTH-RELATED PURCHASE

  • Amazon has acquired Health Navigator, a start-up founded by emergency medicine doctor David Thompson, the company confirmed to CNBC.
  • Health Navigator is known for providing online symptom checking and triage tools to companies that are looking to route patients to the right place.
  • Amazon will offer Health Navigator to employees as part of its Amazon Care clinics, which are being piloted to employees.

Amazon has just made its second acquisition in the health-care space, snapping up a start-up called Health Navigator, which provides technology and services to digital health companies.

Amazon confirmed the acquisition to CNBC, and said that Health Navigator will join the company’s Amazon Care group, which launched in September. Amazon Care is designed to serve as a medical benefit for employees and helps provide care virtually, through a video visit, and with home visits if additional care is needed.

“The service eliminates travel and wait time, connecting employees and their family members to a physician or nurse practitioner through live chat or video, with the option for in-person follow up services from a registered nurse ranging from immunizations to instant strep throat detection,” an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC in an email.

With only about a dozen employees, according to LinkedIn, Health Navigator is much smaller than the first health-related company Amazon acquired, PillPack. Amazon paid $753 million for PillPack last year to jump into the online pharmacy market. While Amazon is investing significantly in the PillPack business and has about 50 job openings for the unit listed on its website, the market has proven to be a challenge with established players in the industry fighting to keep Amazon from accessing patient data or hire their employees.

PillPack has been folded into Amazon’s consumables team under Nader Kabbani, a vice president…

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