Reportedly, Amazon plans to start selling software that can read medical records and make suggestions to improve treatment or save money. the Wall Street Journal.
The program scans the medical records to select relevant information, such as the medical condition and the patient's procedures and prescriptions. While other algorithms that try to do the same have been hampered by doctors' abbreviations, Amazon claims to have trained their system to recognize the idiosyncrasies in how doctors take notes, sources told the WSJ. The company had already developed and sold this same software to other companies, including those focused on booking travel and customer service. For Amazon, this is another step towards the healthcare market after the retailer purchased the PillPack from the online pharmacy in June.
Amazon is just the latest technology company to play in health care. Last year, Microsoft launched a new healthcare division that plans to focus on the use of artificial intelligence to improve patient care. Earlier this month, Apple partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to give veterans access to their electronic records on the iPhone. For a long time he has been positioning his Apple Watch as a health device instead of a fitness device, partnering with Stanford University to conduct a heart health study and even incorporating an FDA-approved electrocardiogram (EKG) into the latest version of portable technology.
Of course, not all efforts have been successful. Verily, formerly Google Life Sciences, has just paused its high-profile program to create an intelligent contact that can detect glucose from tears.
Since Amazon already had the technology of text analysis, expanding into the health market makes sense for the corporate giant. But the area of electronic health records is famously contentious. Although there has been an impulse to digitize medical records, for many patients, the tangled evolution of electronic health technology has led to a fragmented paper trail full of loopholes. In the recent, evocatively titled. New Yorker In the article "Why Doctors Hate Your Computers," Dr. Atul Gawande writes about how doctors are frustrated with the whole process, and notes that the various software systems for health records seem to have helped burnout.
We hope that Amazon's entry into the electronic health records space will help address the problem and not increase the existing pain.