Fierce Health IT November 7, 2019
Mark Nathan

Amazon keeps making moves in the health care space, and if health insurance leaders aren’t paying attention, they should be.

In mid-October the e-commerce giant announced its acquisition of Health Navigator, a startup that offers leading-edge tools for online symptom checking and triage; it partners with telemedicine companies to connect patients to nurses and physicians through live chat and video technology. Amazon said the tools would be folded into Amazon Care, the virtual clinics the company is piloting with its Seattle employees.

Combining that move with Amazon’s $753 million purchase of online pharmacy PillPack last year, and the development of Haven, its joint health venture with JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway, starts to bring Jeff Bezos’ vision—of a vertically integrated,...