The Washington Post reported that Amazon is working to shut down Amazon Care, the virtual health service first launched in 2019, by the end of the year.
As per the statement of Amazon Senior Vice President of Health, Neil Lindsay in an email reads, “Although our enrolled members have loved many aspects of Amazon Care, it is not a complete enough offering for the large enterprise customers we have been targeting and wasn’t going to work long-term.”
Basically, Amazon Care started as a service for Amazon staff members based in Seattle. It provides virtual health care services with a nurse’s option for an in-home visit.
Although the company elaborated the program worldwide just this past February, coming forward to companies in all 50 states who wanted to provide the service to their employees.
Substantially, in the recent month, Amazon was expanding the service when a website showed that it was including mental health care through a partnership with the mental health company Ginger.
However, the move to end an in-house health service comes on the list of Amazon’s planned procurement of the subscription-based primary care company One Medical.
Reportedly, Amazon is also concerned about buying Signify Health, a company that makes technology for at-home health care.
Additionally, like most technology companies, Amazon has aspirations to expand into the profit-making healthcare market. In order to gain momentum, it purchased prescription delivery company PillPack in 2018 and has its pharmacy.
Unfortunately, Amazon has abruptly shuttered a health venture, Haven, a project it catapulted with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to disarray the healthcare industry, which collapsed in 2021.
According to a recent Morgan Stanley survey, its in-house pharmacy business hasn’t been a significant driver toward Prime subscriptions. Meanwhile, Amazon Care operations will end on December 31st.