How Amazon is Revolutionizing Healthcare

Amazon, one of the largest retailers in the world, is now making their way in to healthcare.

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With Amazon staking their claim in the healthcare world, what does this mean for your practice?

Amazon is an online retail powerhouse. They have their hands in everything, and now, that list includes healthcare. For some, Amazon’s debut into the medical field may not be a big deal, but for others it can strongly impact their medical practice.

Here’s what Amazon’s latest venture could mean for you:

  1. Easier, faster access to medical supplies and durable medical equipment. We all love Amazon for its quick, doorstep delivery, especially if you’re a Prime member. Now, offices will be able to get supplies and DME delivered in two days or less. This is super helpful when you realize you’ve used the last of your exam table paper or are in need of other items around the office.
  2. Medications right to your patient’s door. This is especially important for the elderly or disabled. Amazon would be able to provide service where your patients prescriptions were delivered to their home. Perfect for when you need to change someones medication, or for if they run out.
  3. Telemedicine and in-home healthcare. Through their Alexa, or other technology, you can meet with your patients virtually. This works great for when you’re short on time, or the patient just needs a quick check-up. Alexa can also help book new patient or follow up visits, allowing patients to get scheduled easier.
  4. Cheaper prescription costs increase patient compliance. How many times have you asked a patient if they’re taking a certain medication you prescribed and they tell you no because their insurance doesn’t cover it and the out of pocket cost is just too expensive? Well, Amazon has a solution for that too. Pharmacy benefits managers help to lower the costs of prescription drugs for patients. They act as an intermediate between insurance companies and heathcare professionals.

What do you think about the impact that Amazon could have on the healthcare field. Do you think they are capable of making the changes they strive for? If they are successful what would that mean for your practice?

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