The cloud-connected health solutions Amazon is launching to help providers respond when a new outbreak of an infectious disease emerges will help the company help patients better manage their health, according to a new report.
Amazon, which is known for its popular online marketplace AmazonFresh, said in a blog post on Thursday that it will offer health-related software for its online ordering platform.
The software, called Amazon Health Solutions, is designed to help hospitals and other health care entities provide services like ordering and managing medications and supplies, as well as administering health care facilities.
It will also enable providers to better manage the delivery of services, according the blog post.
The service, which Amazon will launch in the coming weeks, will allow AmazonFresh customers to order from health care practitioners through its online marketplace and have them deliver medical supplies, the company said.
The services will also allow users to order and schedule health care appointments and delivery.
Amazon’s Health Solutions will be a part of the company’s new Prime Fresh service, a new service that allows Prime members to get online orders for products, groceries and other services at a discount price, according a post on the company website.
The service is being launched in a number of countries, including in the U.K., France and China, and will roll out in other countries in coming months, Amazon said.
Amazon has long had a focus on health-care technology and is already offering online-only products, but the service will be AmazonFresh’s first foray into cloud- and cloud-related technology.
AmazonFresh is Amazon’s online grocery delivery service that is designed for grocery stores.
It launched in 2013, and the company has expanded to include delivery of prescriptions, vitamins, groceries, diapers, toothpaste, shampoo and other items.
The AmazonFresh business is now valued at $4.2 billion.