Amazon rumored to be in talks to deliver medical products in new pilot

Amazon is reportedly in talks with healthcare startup Xealth and two hospital networks about a pilot project that would allow doctors to recommend and deliver bundles of medical products to patient homes upon discharge, CNBC reported. The hospitals involved are Providence Health Systems and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, both of which have invested in Xealth.

The pilot is still under review and could start in a matter of months, according to CNBC. The idea is to provide patients with discounted medical supplies and other goods via Amazon Prime, though patients not using Prime or Amazon would still be able to access the pilot through other e-commerce providers.

“The pilot gives some insight into Amazon's many-faceted strategy as it attempts to tackle various problems in the lucrative health-care industry,” CNBC reported.

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