If reports are to be believed, then Amazon is working secretly on the development of a product for electronic medical records and telemedicine. A report published on CNBC states that the new stealth team is currently working on both software as well as the hardware part of the product.
Currently, the team is said to be focused on pushing the data from the legacy electronic medical records systems. The main aim of Amazon is to ensure that proper information is available to doctors and patients. Amazon is also trying to explore a platform in telemedicine. This will ensure that people have online consultations with doctors. In the past, there have also been reports of Amazon developing a platform to sell pharmaceuticals using its website.
The team of developers, which is named 1942, for the year in which Columbus landed in America, is looking for ways to integrate health applications to Amazon Echo and Dash Wand. There is still no clarity if Amazon is looking to develop any new hardware.
A bit more research revealed the details of some members of the 1942 team. There are a couple of positions open for strategic intuitive leads, UX designers, and two machine learning professionals. Amazon has also hired some health care experts to improve the relationship with pharmaceutical companies and hospitals.
This project from Amazon comes in accordance with a similar project on which Apple is working. There were reports that Apple is looking to turn the iPhone into a one-stop place for all the medical information. Apple is also working for a big advancement in diabetic monitoring and treatment with the help of the Apple watch.
It is going to be an interesting competition between the two giants. Apple seems to have a lead with the Apple watch and other iOS applications. But on the other hand, Amazon has vast data of customers.