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Amazon launches a virtual health clinic for its Seattle employees



A New Advantage for Amazon Employees in the Seattle Area is a virtual medical clinic that also offers personal health services.

A pilot program called Amazon Care provides a mobile application that enables employees to access virtual and in-health services from Oasis Medical Group, licensed in Washington State.

The services offered by Oasis Medical include an in-app video visit with a clinician for advice, answers, diagnoses, treatment or referrals, as well as an in-app text conversation with a clinician for health advice and answers.

Additionally, if recommended by a video provider, a nurse may conduct a personal evaluation, testing, or treatment at the employee's home, at a designated room on the Amazon campus, or elsewhere in the Seattle service area.

"Oasis Medical clinicians are trained in primary and emergency care," according to the Amazon Care website. "You will see the name and license of the Oasis Medical Doctor at the beginning of each interaction. Mobile nurses and couriers who come to your home or office will wear Amazon Care uniforms and present an Oasis medical badge for identification when they arrive. ”

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While Oasis Medical will handle acute urgent care needs, general health issues, preventative care counseling, sexual health and travel health problems, they do not provide emergency medical services. [19659002] "During a video visit, you may be prescribed medication that is relevant to our current scope of services," the Amazon website says. "Many recipes can be delivered to you (by courier) within two hours. Others can be sent to your preferred pharmacy. "

In order to be eligible for a Seattle-based program, senior employees and their dependents must be enrolled in an Amazon-sponsored health plan – other than Kaiser Permanente – and have a mobile device with a minimum of Android 6.0 or iOS 12.0 .

"We use location-friendly technology when you use the Amazon Care mobile app to determine if you are in our available service area," advised the website. "You can turn off location access through your mobile device settings, but this will prevent you from using Amazon Care."

Amazon Care services are currently available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 6pm. "We're working to expand our working hours," the website notes.

Last year, Amazon launched a new venture with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase – called Haven – to tackle the rising health care costs. Haven's mission is to focus on the health needs of the 1.2 million employees of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and J.P Morgan.


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