Speculation about Amazon and Apple positioning themselves to enter the EHR market has been based on acquisitions of companies and talent recently.
With an EHR market that is ripe for disruption, will the tech giants take the leap? Neither Apple nor Amazon has formally revealed any intentions to build an EHR, but they’ve made some moves since January offering plenty of speculation.
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Aug. 14, 2017
Amazon could build its own online pharmacy, move its Echo/Alexa into the clinical realm and build or buy telemedicine and remote patient monitoring technology, analysts suggest.
July 31, 2017
Any play for a significant piece of the healthcare sector by Apple or Amazon – such as building a new EHR – would likely prove dubious and be “an uphill battle to compete in the larger segments of the market.”
July 27, 2017
Amazon has started a secret lab at its Seattle headquarters to explore business prospects in the healthcare sector, including EHRs and telemedicine, according CNBC. That report comes on the heels of swirling rumors that Apple is in talks with hospitals and other healthcare organizations to explore the possibility of bringing health records together on the iPhone.
June 27, 2017
Apple is said to be working with the Argonaut Project to integrate more electronic health data with the iPhone, a move experts say could go a long way towards advancing medical record interoperability.
June 15, 2017
The effort to make all personal health information available via its devices would be a first for Apple, which until now has focused its healthcare work on fitness and wellness with its Apple HealthKit. Apple has been typically mum on the developments and CNBC, which first reported Apple’s latest intentions for healthcare, said the works have thus far been “secretive.”
June 14, 2017
Boston Children’s collaborated with Duke Health System to develop the new Caremap app using Apple CareKit. The first version enables family members and caregivers to track and store medical information and health metrics and then share that data with doctors and clinicians to inform pediatric patient care.
June 2, 2017
Apple's ResearchKit: Ready for healthcare or far from useful? ResearchKit launched two years ago and uses iPhones to gather health data, enabling researchers to conduct studies using that information.
June 13, 2017
Apple has hired Sumbul Desai, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford. Desai is also vice chair of the Department of Medicine and chief digital officer at Stanford Center for Digital Health. Desai will serve in a senior role at Apple in what appears to be a growing healthcare team, CNBC reported on June 8, adding she would continue to see patients at Stanford.
March 8, 2017
WebMD has tapped Amazon Alexa to enable users to launch the WebMD skill on any Alexa device. With Amazon’s Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV, users can ask questions about a range of health-related topics including conditions, medication, tests and treatments. Alexa will respond with WebMD-sourced answers in easy-to-understand language.
Feb. 23, 2017
Praxify, a healthcare information technology company to ease physicians’ lives, unveiled MIRA, a mobile app designed to improve EHR usability and performance, and SIYA, a care management workflow system for payers, providers and patients.