Amazon acquires another healthcare start-up for its Amazon Care program

However, the service is currently limited to Amazon employees and is part of the Amazon Care pilot program, which serves as a medical service for employees. In case of discomfort, employees can use the service to access the virtual care through a video consultation, or arrange a home visit if needed. PillPack, which supplies prescription medicines, is also covered by Amazon Care.

With about a dozen employees, Health Navigator is significantly smaller than PillPack, for which Amazon paid $ 753 million last year. The exact details of the new acquisition have not yet been announced, although CNBC reports that Health Navigator does not plan to renew its existing customer contracts.

Although the move is currently focused primarily on internal benefits, it provides another clue to Amazon’s longer-term, more commercial ambitions in healthcare. Last year, the company announced a partnership with Warren Buffet and JPMorgan Chase, which aims to develop healthcare solutions that “potentially benefit all Americans”. The acquisition of Health Navigator is likely to be a springboard to achieving that goal.