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Amazon’s long-rumored move into healthcare took a big leap forward on Tuesday with the launch of an employee-focused health service, Amazon Care.
A spokesperson said Amazon is piloting the program to help employees get fast access to healthcare without an appointment, on their own schedules and at their preferred location, which eliminates travel and wait time.
According to the Amazon.care website, Amazon Care provides in-app video visits with medical professionals for advice, diagnoses, treatment or referrals; in-app text chat for health advice and answers; in-person treatment at home, in a designated room on the Amazon campus or in “any other location in our service area that you request for collect lab samples … onsite testing (such as strep tests), administer common vaccines or … physical examinations and prescription delivery.”
The service is currently available in zip codes that start with 98-, which is to say the state of Washington.