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The tech giant, Amazon, making a big play into healthcare industry


Amazon.com Inc. is planning to start selling software to mine patient medical records for information that doctors and hospitals can use to improve treatment and help cut costs.

Earlier this year Amazon paid $1 billion for an online pharmacy called PillPack Inc. to acquire the capability to ship prescription drugs. The retailer also has been trying to increase its sales of medical supplies by working with companies and hospitals in the healthcare industry.

The intended software is going to allow patient records to be read digitally, as well as clinical notes, to analyze them and pluck out key data points.

The company is expected to announce the launch on Tuesday.