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AMAZON HAS LAUNCHED A DIGITAL HEALTH ACCELERATOR FOCUSED ON VIRTUAL CARE AND ANALYTICS BUSINESSES

Amazon Web Services aims to assist early-stage digital health startups interact with the internet giant's healthcare clients and partners.

 

Amazon's cloud division created a healthcare accelerator to help entrepreneurs expand in cloud technologies and provide early-stage businesses access to AWS' technical and commercial skills.

 

According to Sandy Carter, AWS's vice president of worldwide public sector partners and initiatives, the programme will focus on technologies like as remote patient monitoring, data analytics, patient interaction, voice technology, and virtual care.

 

According to AWS, the AWS Healthcare Accelerator is a four-week programme available to digital health companies headquartered in the United States or with current operations in the United States who have a demonstrated product-market fit with existing customers and revenue. The inaugural programme will include ten businesses, with submissions due by July 23.

 

To start the accelerator programme, WS is collaborating with the paediatric digital health accelerator KidsX. The KidsX accelerator was founded by Children's Hospital Los Angeles in 2020, and it connects more than 50 children's hospitals from North America, Europe, and Australia with technology firms focused on developing digital advances for paediatric patients.

 

The AWS Healthcare Accelerator will be available to all healthcare businesses, not only those aimed at children.

 

"AWS will provide resources and expertise, as well as opportunities to collaborate with AWS healthcare customers and partners on topics ranging from clinical validation and electronic health record integration, leveraging KidsX's strong track record in delivering accelerators and their network of public sector healthcare member organisations," Carter wrote.

 

Following the COVID-19 epidemic, healthcare organisations ranging from hospital systems to public health agencies have looked to technology to assist them swiftly adapt and develop with data-driven and compliance solutions.

 

Carter noted that AWS' digital health accelerator is intended to help both high-potential healthcare companies and the healthcare industry's demand for creative solutions.

 

In March, the business launched a "out of this world" space accelerator programme in collaboration with Seraphim Capital, a U.K.-based venture firm, to assist space entrepreneurs flourish.

 

AWS also offers additional business assistance initiatives, such as AWS EdStart, a startup incubator for educational technologies.

 

Amazon's previous efforts into healthcare have included the acquisition of PillPack and the creation of Amazon Pharmacy, a focus on employer health, investments in home diagnostics owing to the pandemic, and the introduction and growth of Amazon Care.

 

The firm has also entered the health wearables industry with its new Amazon Halo fitness tracker and is expanding into at-home testing after receiving FDA approval to begin selling its own COVID-19 test straight to customers.

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