Amazon Care announces that its virtual health services will be available in 20 new US cities this year, in response to growing demand.
The ecommerce giant’s telemedicine service was launched in 2019 as a pilot programme for employees in and around its Seattle office.
Amazon Care expands in the US
According to reports, the Amazon Care virtual health care service, or also known as telemedicine, is expanding in 2022.
Specifically, more than 20 cities in the US will be added to the existing list. Here are some of the cities, according to the ecommerce giant:
“The service is already available in Seattle, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Arlington. In 2022, we plan to bring in-person care services to more than 20 additional cities—including major metropolitan areas like San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, and New York City—so customers can access care where and when they need it most”.
The reason for this expansion in an area that, due in part to the global pandemic, is increasingly attractive, is essentially given by the increased demand for virtual healthcare from US citizens.
The pilot project launched in 2019 by Amazon Care therefore now appears to be an answer that would fill a critical gap in the healthcare system, as it combines virtual care with a new approach to in-person care, offering a wider range of care on demand by patients in the comfort of their own homes.
Amazon increases medical and nursing partners
This expansion of the ecommerce giant into the healthcare sector is also forging new partnerships with Care Medical doctors and nurses across the country.
Not only that, thanks to positive reviews from patients, companies like Silicon Labs, TrueBlue and Whole Foods Market are offering Amazon Care to their employees nationwide.
On that note, Kristen Helton, director of Amazon Care said:
“Patients are tired of a health care system that doesn’t put them first. Our patient-centric service is changing that, one visit at a time,” says Kristen Helton, director of Amazon Care. “We’ve brought our on-demand urgent and primary care services to patients nationwide. As we grow the service, we’ll continue to work with our customers to address their needs”.
The ‘Cash or Crypto’ programme of the ecommerce giant
At the end of January, Amazon Marketplace launched Elevate Brands’ ‘Cash or Crypto’ programme, dedicated to all owner-vendors who decide to withdraw from the platform.
Basically, it allows choosing whether to be paid back in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.
‘Cash or Crypto’ was created by Elevate Brands in partnership with Coinbase Prime, making it the first aggregator on Amazon to offer BTC and crypto for outbound transactions.