Amazon has set its sights on healthcare tech with a stealth lab it calls ‘1492’

Jeff Bezos, 2017
Jeff Bezos’ company is targeting the healthcare industry. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Amazon has been one of the big winners as everything from book selling to software development has moved to the internet.

Now it seems to be trying to put itself into position for similar success in healthcare as that market goes digital.

The e-commerce giant has set up a new, stealthy lab called “1492” that’s dedicated to healthcare technology, CNBC reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the lab is exploring ways to tap into medical providers’ electronic records to make that data more accessible for consumers and their physicians, according to the report. The lab is also considering building a telemedicine system that could connect patients and doctors. And its looking into making health apps for Amazon devices, like the Echo, CNBC reported.

CNBC did not know whether Amazon plans to make any new, health-related gadgets.

The lab is part of a broader effort by Amazon to grab a piece of the healthcare industry, CNBC noted. Its Amazon Web Services cloud computing unit is trying to lure hospitals and pharmaceutical companies as customers. Its business team is selling medical supplies. And the company is looking to get into the pharmacy business.

You can read the full report here.

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