Amazon Care launched in Seattle for employees and their families

Amazon has launched its new virtual health clinic for employees at its headquarters in Seattle as it drives forward into the healthcare sector.

Amazon Care is now live on the retailer’s employee benefit portal and is available to its staff and their families, according to CNBC.

The service offers users in-app video consultations with a “doctor, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse” enabling them to receive an instant diagnosis, referral or treatment.

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Should the employee require care or a diagnosis that cannot be administered remotely, a home or work visit can be arranged through the Amazon Care app.

Prescriptions can also be ordered via the app and delivered to the patient’s home.

“Amazon Care eliminates travel and wait time, connecting employees and their family members to a physician or nurse practitioner through live chat or video, with the option for in-person follow up services from a registered nurse ranging from immunizations to instant strep throat detection,” an Amazon spokesperson said.

Though the service is only being piloted in Seattle at the moment, Amazon has numerous job openings currently available including product managers and designers suggesting it is planning on expanding.

The ecommerce giant is thought to be eyeing further moves into the healthcare sector, having applied for a trademark for ‘Amazon Pharmacy’ in the UK, Canada and Australia last month.

Filings at the UK’s intellectual property office from January 9 also lists a range of other areas Amazon is seemingly considering, including surgical and dental instruments alongside pharmaceutical, medical and veterinary preparations.

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