Amazon will soon sell software that could read medical records
Amazon is planing to sell software that can read medical records and make suggestions for improving treatment or saving money, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The new program could scan medical files to pick out relevant information such as the medical condition and patient’s procedures and prescriptions. While other algorithms that try to do the same thing have been stymied by doctors’ abbreviations, Amazon claims to have trained its system to recognize the idiosyncrasies in how doctors take notes, sources told the Wall Street Journal.
The company had already developed and sold this same software to other businesses, including ones focused on travel booking and customer service. For Amazon, this is another move into the health care market on the heels of the retailer buying the online pharmacy PillPack in June.
Now, Amazon is the latest technology company to make a play into health care. Given that Amazon already had the text-analysis technology, expanding into the health care market makes sense for the corporate giant. But the area of electronic health records is famously contentious. Though there has been a push to digitize medical records, the tangled evolution of e-health technology has, for many patients, led to a fragmented paper trail filled with gaps.
Now we hope that this new Amazon Program will improve and help people.Form now Amazon hasn’t made any official statement regarding the launch of he program and there is not much details available on it.