Amazon Collaborates With Cerner For A Health IT System
The web-based business subsidiary of Amazon is expected to collaborate with Cerner, a healthcare tech giant, in order to analyze their clinical data and envisage available treatments.
According to reports, the official announcement on this joint venture is expected to be made at the annual AWS re: Invent conference next week by AWS CEO Andy Jassy. A news source tried to contact Cerner to request a comment on the reports but no reply was received until the time of publication.
The discussions on the said venture are reported to be in the final stages. CNBC reports that the collaboration is expected to initially concentrate on Cerner’s population health product called HealtheIntent.
HealtheIntent is a cloud-based, vendor-agnostic pop health management tool that is even programmable. The real-time platform reconciles and aggregates medical data across the healthcare continuum.
During the year, Cerner Chief Engineer and Vice President Nathan Beyer announced a HealtheIntent platform that utilized AWS for storage, computing, networking, and disaster recovery. The announcement was made at the re: Invent conference.
After Amazon opened a secret lab at AWS Seattle headquarters in July, the US healthcare industry has been keen to learn more about how the company plans to develop its strategy in this field. Some experts are of the view that the new services and products by Amazon will be aimed at pharmaceuticals, while others think the company is currently building an EHR that would cater to various medical disciplines.
Earlier this week, AWS said that it has intentions of developing a cloud data center group for US intelligence agencies such as the CIA and other others. Software experts at EMRFinder.com, an online emr software directory, believe that if Amazon is actually making an EHR, it will be able to cater to many US citizens as the company already secures a wide database of the shopping preferences of the people, which will eventually help in understanding the causes of various diseases.