Amazon’s cloud services business launches digital health accelerator
Amazon Cloud is launching a new healthcare accelerator for startups. The four-week program, called AWS Healthcare Accelerator, will select 10 startups that use cloud technology to respond to challenges in healthcare.
“The program is designed to accelerate growth in the cloud, focusing on solutions such as remote patient monitoring, voice technology, analytics, patient engagement, and virtual care,” Sandy Carter, Vice President of Public Sector Partners and Programs Worldwide for AWS, wrote in a blog post on Monday Announcing the accelerator.
It’s the first time Amazon has run a digital health accelerator, but it’s not necessarily a surprise, given the online retailer’s recent steps to grow its presence in healthcare. Late last year, Amazon Pharmacy job offer Based on its acquisition of PillPack, and more recently, the company began making a file Telehealth service for its employees Available to other companies as a covered feature. Meanwhile, competition for cloud services in healthcare is heating up as Amazon, Google and Microsoft compete for more hospital customers.
AWS runs the program in collaboration with KidsX, a digital health accelerator for children with links to more than 50 children’s hospitals around the world. Carter wrote that KidsX was brought in as a partner based on its previous experience managing healthcare accelerators and its network of healthcare organizations. However, participating startups do not need to focus specifically on pediatrics.
To apply, startups must be based or have existing operations in the US, and must have existing clients and revenue. Applications are currently open and bids are due by July 23.
Carter wrote that applications will be judged based on several factors, including the overall value of the solution to the healthcare industry, the creative application of AWS to solve problems, and the team’s ability to implement.
Participating companies will receive AWS promotional credit, mentorship from healthcare and technology experts, and potential opportunities to collaborate with AWS healthcare customers. Some may also have the opportunity to use their solutions in the health system as a proof of concept.
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