Amazon built its own health-care service for employees. Now it’s selling it to other companies.
Amazon said Wednesday it will offer its on-demand health-care service to other companies, a step forward in tech giants’ ambitions to play a larger role in the space.
For years, Amazon, Google, Apple and others have been slowly creeping into health care, prompting privacy concerns because of the large amount of data the companies already have on users — from searches on health conditions to monitoring info from wearable devices.
The e-commerce giant sells specialized equipment to hospitals via its Amazon Business arm. Its cloud computing division offers a HIPAA-compliant machine learning service to extract health data from medical text. It sells a...