Date
12 December 2017
Amazon, led by its founder Jeff Bezos (L), is expected to announce a partnership with healthcare tech firm Cerner on a cloud platform. Photos: Reuters, Cerner
Amazon, led by its founder Jeff Bezos (L), is expected to announce a partnership with healthcare tech firm Cerner on a cloud platform. Photos: Reuters, Cerner

Amazon unit expected to unveil deal with healthcare tech firm

Amazon Web Services (AWS), a unit of e-commerce behemoth Amazon, is said to be teaming up with US healthcare tech giant Cerner on a cloud platform related to healthcare services.

CNBC reports that the two firms are in the final stages of talks over a partnership that will help health-care providers use their data better to make health predictions about patient populations.

The collaboration will initially focus on Cerner’s so-called population health product, HealtheIntent, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

HealtheIntent is a cloud-based platform which enables hospitals to gather and analyze huge volumes of clinical data to improve patients’ health outcomes and lower treatment costs.

The deal could help AWS crack healthcare, a massive industry that has been slow to adopt the cloud.

An official announcement could come during the annual AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas next week, according to the report.

Galloping towards US$20 billion in annual revenue, Amazon’s cloud business has nabbed top clients in areas ranging from energy and technology to financial services and government.

However, hospital and health providers have been hesitant in shifting to the cloud due to security concerns about sensitive health information, and strict US federal rules that govern how that data is stored and shared.

AWS is said to have taken steps to protect health information so that its services can meet the regulatory standard for protecting sensitive patient data.

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