Amazon has been making it’s way into the health care industry for some time now and on Tuesday, launched a virtual clinic called Amazon Clinic.
The virtual clinic aims to treat common health conditions, including allergies, acne and hair loss, offering treatments for more than 20 common health conditions.
The service is a “message-based virtual care” option that is intended to connect “customers with affordable virtual care options when and how they need it,” Dr. Nworah Ayogu, the chief medical officer and general manager of Amazon Clinic, said in a blog post.
“We believe that improving both the occasional and ongoing engagement experience is necessary to making care dramatically better. 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. Our new health care store lets customers choose from a network of leading telehealth providers based on their preferences. Every telehealth provider on Amazon Clinic has gone through rigorous clinical quality and customer experience evaluations by Amazon’s clinical leadership team.” Dr. Ayogu added
The service is initially available in 32 states, but there are plans to expand to additional states in the coming months.
This marks another step into the healthcare sector for Amazon following 2018’s acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack which it later rebranded as its own digital pharmacy, Amazon Pharmacy in 2019. Then this year, the company signed off on a deal to acquire One Medical, a membership-based primary care service, for $3.9 billion.