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CNBC looks at what we know and don’t know about Amazon’s plans to disrupt the $3 trillion health care business.

Among the things we know, according to CNBC:

“The company is already selling medical supplies and equipment to clinics and hospitals, and it is looking to build out that business … Its cloud business, AWS, is pitching its services to health-care customers and competing head-on with Microsoft Azure and Alphabet's Google Cloud … It is planning to take on the problem of rising employee health-benefits costs (through) a partnership with J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway” that isa designed to “strategize how to rethink health care for their 1.2 million combined workers.”

Plus, “Amazon sees the potential to bring voice technologies into the home, as well as the hospital and clinic. It has partnered with Merck for a ‘challenge’ to inspire Alexa developers to create ‘skills’ to help people with diabetes manage their condition … Hospitals across the country are experimenting with Alexa for things like helping surgeons create check lists or sharing vital important with patients once they get discharged.”

And then, CNBC says, there are things “we don't know but suspect:”

“Amazon is poised to do something big in the pharmacy space,” though it is still exploring opportunities and possibilities. In addition, Amazon is looking at the problem of aging and how technology can help people cope with it, and is working on the medical records side of the business.
KC's View:
Here’s the kicker from the story: “Two former Amazon execs who now work in health care told CNBC that there isn't much that the company would be ‘afraid’ to do.”

I’m not surprised.