Factbox-Amazon’s healthcare journey, from telehealth to cancer research

(Reuters) – Since 2018, Amazon.com Inc has amassed healthcare businesses from telehealth and drug delivery to fitness trackers and cancer research.

On Thursday, the ecommerce giant agreed to buy primary healthcare provider One Medical in a $3.49 billion deal that would expand its virtual care presence and add some brick-and-mortar doctors’ offices.

Here are some of the deals and steps taken by Amazon in its healthcare journey:

Year Events

2022 Tied up with the biggest telehealth company, Teladoc

Health, to help patients connect with a doctor or

another health provider through Alexa

2022 Partnered with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in

research to develop vaccines for melanoma and breast

cancer (https://go.aws/3IVZEFK)

2021 Struck a deal to sell virtual medical services to

Hilton in the United States

2021 Expanded the company’s virtual healthcare service to

its own employees and other businesses nationwide (https://reut.rs/3cyKXMR)

2020 Launched its first fitness band and subscription

service, Halo, taking on Apple, Fitbit and Samsung in

the crowded fitness tracker market (https://reut.rs/3Ox8CKY)

2019 The joint venture between Amazon.com, Berkshire

Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase closed down, three years

after the companies came together in a bid to reduce

escalating healthcare costs. (https://reut.rs/3yZV3h1)

2019 Piloted its on-demand health offering called Amazon

Care for its employees around Seattle.

2019 Bought healthcare startup Health Navigator, its second

purchase in the healthcare services industry.

2018 Amazon bought online pharmacy PillPack for $753

million, a move that put it in direct competition with

drugstore chains, drug distributors and pharmacy

benefit managers.

(Reporting by Tiyashi Datta and Uday Sampath Kumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath)