In the digital age, healthcare is becoming more accessible and convenient with the introduction of virtual clinics like Amazon Clinic.
Amazon has recently announced that its virtual healthcare platform, Amazon Clinic, can now treat patients suffering from common conditions like cough, cold, and flu. Users can easily select the new “Cough, cold, and flu” option from the “Find a treatment” list on Amazon Clinic, either on desktop or mobile. The platform allows users to view a list of available telehealth providers, compare their prices, and check their response times.
Streamlined Process for Patient Intake and Treatment
After users complete an intake form detailing their current symptoms and basic health history, they are connected to a licensed clinician through a secure messaging portal or a video call. The clinician then provides appropriate treatment, which could include issuing a prescription. This prescription can subsequently be filled by Amazon Pharmacy or any other pharmacy, according to the patient’s preference.
“With conditions like the flu, getting treatment quickly after the onset of symptoms matters,” stated Dr. Nworah Ayogu, chief medical officer and general manager of Amazon Clinic. He emphasized that the platform allows customers to quickly connect with a provider who understands their condition, explore relief options, and receive appropriate care in minutes or hours rather than days or weeks.
Providing a Platform for Telehealth Services
Amazon Clinic was launched in November 2022 to connect users with healthcare providers. However, it is essential to note that Amazon Clinic does not directly provide healthcare services. Instead, it serves as a platform that links telemedicine partners with users. As of August, the service was available across all 50 states and Washington, DC. The venue can cater to more than 35 common health concerns, including but not limited to asthma, eczema, acid reflux, and pinkeye.
Amazon’s Persistent Efforts in the Healthcare Industry
This latest announcement underscores Amazon’s continuous efforts to penetrate the healthcare industry. Despite previous setbacks, such as the closure of its telehealth service, Amazon Care, and the dissolution of a joint venture with JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway to build an employee healthcare operation, Amazon persists in its healthcare endeavors. This includes the successful acquisition of healthcare provider OneMedical and the launch of Amazon Pharmacy following the acquisition of PillPack.
With the expansion of Amazon Clinic’s services, Amazon continues demonstrating its commitment to making healthcare more accessible and convenient digitally.