Sharp Deal Tips Amazon’s Interest in Health Care Data

Health care industry insiders say that Amazon.com Inc.’s Aug. 27 deal to provide Halo fitness trackers to Sharp HealthCare indicates the retail and tech giant will make big bets on clinical and actuarial data analytics.

Sharp Chief Information and Innovation Officer Michael Reagin tells AIS Health that Amazon will provide the San Diego-based integrated plan and provider with about 500 of the wearable fitness trackers. According to Reagin, Amazon approached Sharp through Cerner Corp., the software vendor that Sharp uses for its electronic health record (EHR) platform.

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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