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Pilots underscore Amazon healthcare strategy

Amazon’s initial moves into healthcare have analysts like Forrester’s Jeff Becker wondering what its larger game might be.

In the last two years, Amazon has increasingly set its sights on the healthcare industry as it makes acquisitions and tests healthcare products internally that could be pushed out to customers in an effort to solve larger issues, such as the lack of prescription price transparency and the high cost of healthcare.

The Amazon healthcare strategy includes acquiring online pharmacy PillPack and digital health technology startup Health Navigator. It also includes co-founding Haven. The initiative aims to use their combined resources and test new ways of lowering healthcare costs for their employees and is in partnership with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorganChase.

“I think the most interesting thing they’re doing is following along the storyline of bringing down their own employee medical cost,” Becker said.

Jeff BeckerJeff Becker

Becker believes the company’s strategy is currently focused on cultivating the use of voice technology in healthcare and creating a “more shoppable healthcare experience” for patients and employers.

Some efforts are already proving fruitful. Others are more of a question mark. Becker pointed to Haven as one place that may not be making the kind of progress it set out to make.

The big picture

The Haven initiative is combining data, technology and resources from Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorganChase to lower prescription drug costs and medical treatment for patients, according to the company’s vision statement.

Amazon announced the Boston-based joint venture in January 2018, but it didn’t get the name Haven until earlier this year. According to Haven’s vision statement, it’s not looking to make a profit as it seeks to find ways to lower healthcare costs. Haven plans to “reinvest any surplus” back into the initiative’s work to improve health outcomes and lower costs. While its current focus centers on employees of all three companies, the vision is to eventually share its innovations with others.

One of the first pilot healthcare services to grow out of the Haven initiative is Amazon Care, for Amazon employees in the Seattle area. The pilot service offers virtual and in-person care from Oasis Medical through a mobile app.

Becker called Amazon Care a “digital front door” for lowering employee healthcare costs by addressing an employee’s minor healthcare needs and potentially sidestepping costly urgent care visits.

“If they can reduce the overuse of the ER, the digital front door strategy will pay for itself,” he said.

Amazon Care also offers same-day prescription deliveries. The service utilizes Amazon’s $753 million acquisition of PillPack, a digital pharmacy that sorts medication by dose and delivers to a patient’s door. The PillPack acquisition has since been rebranded as PillPack by Amazon Pharmacy. This month, it started working with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts by integrating pharmacy services into the health insurer’s “MyBlue” app.

Amazon also acquired a start-up called Health Navigator earlier this year, its first healthcare-related acquisition since PillPack. Health Navigator provides services such as online symptom checking and triage tools for digital health companies seeking to steer patients to the right location to seek care. The acquisition plays a role in the overall Amazon healthcare strategy as it will become part of the Amazon Care health service.

Kamaljit BeheraKamaljit Behera

“If you go by what Amazon’s spokesperson revealed, they want to eliminate costs associated with travel, as well as the inconvenience associated with waiting times for patients,” Kamaljit Behera, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said. “This is where we see Amazon coming strong into the telehealth space.”

The work Amazon is doing through the Haven initiative and pilots like Amazon Care points to what Becker thinks will be the wider Amazon healthcare strategy: a one-stop-shop for patients seeking healthcare options.

What if there was a marketplace for shoppable healthcare experiences?
Jeff BeckerAnalyst, Forrester

“What if there was a marketplace for shoppable healthcare experiences?” Becker said.

That idea is a long way off, but Becker believes Amazon is testing the idea now, starting with its Amazon Care pilot, to find ways to introduce technology and cut down on costs. Yet beyond Amazon Care, the Haven name hasn’t been associated with many projects, and Becker said there hasn’t been much in the way of updates about Haven and the work Haven CEO Atul Gawande, M.D., has been doing — something he will be looking for in 2020.

Behera echoed Becker, saying he believes the Amazon healthcare strategy going forward will be to extend health services with a more consumer-centric offering.

“Amazon will be looking to create a much more curated, personalized space,” Behera said.

Amazon will continue focus on voice

Amazon’s main goal appears to be lowering healthcare costs through its efforts with the Haven initiative, but one area Amazon will continue to develop is voice technology in healthcare, Becker said.

Early partnerships with health systems like Boston Children’s Hospital to build Alexa skills, or voice capabilities, served as indicators of the company’s interest in healthcare. In 2016, AWS partnered with Boston Children’s to start building Alexa skills for parents, Becker said. Recently, Amazon announced the creation of a skill that enables Alexa to refill prescriptions by voice, as well as remind patients to take their medication.

Amazon has continued to build out Alexa skills for the healthcare industry, and Becker speculates that Alexa will be the first virtual assistant to be HIPAA-compliant. Indeed, Amazon is creating healthcare skills that are etching closer to being HIPAA-compliant, such as Express Scripts and Cigna Health Today, which give eligible customers the ability to use voice to manage prescriptions and engage in health improvement programs.

Becker said Amazon has six ongoing protected health information-processing pilot programs. He described the company as the first to “cross the finish line” for voice-only two-factor authentication, which first authenticates a voice profile and then asks for a unique verbal pin to access protected health information (PHI).

“We’ve been waiting for some kind of way they are going to overcome the authentication requirements for starting to process PHI,” he said.

As Amazon builds healthcare skills for Alexa, Becker said AWS will eventually play a major role as a data processing platform for the Alexa voice skills. At the recent AWS re:Invent 2019 conference, Amazon introduced Transcribe Medical, which records patient-doctor interactions and turns voice into text. The service is helping clinicians with medical notes, but Becker believes it points to a longer-term use case as a data processing tool.

Transcribe Medical can be made more robust by combining it with services like Amazon Comprehend Medical, which uses natural language processing and machine learning to extract pertinent pieces of medical information from unstructured text, according to Becker.  

“If you have a HIPAA-compliant Alexa service, Transcribe Medical will convert those conversations to text, and then Comprehend Medical will identify clinical facts within that text,” Becker said. “You’re starting to see a more compelling set of capabilities for having medical conversations with consumers over a voice channel. I think that’s part of what they’re building.”

Frost & Sullivan’s Behera said Alexa and voice technology is an integral part of the Amazon healthcare strategy. It’s looking to address a known healthcare pain point — physician burnout — with emerging tech.

Based on industry estimates, 40% of physician burnout is related to the EHR, Behera said. While interacting with a patient, physicians enter information into a patient’s electronic health record, a process that can be burdensome and negatively impact the patient-physician relationship. Transcribe Medical, which is HIPAA eligible, could reduce the data entry burden. EHR vendor Cerner is partnering with Amazon to introduce the service as a digital assistant for providers.

“AI-driven interactive, virtual assistants are becoming a common background technology for medical transcription, documentation … and even customer relationship management,” Behera said.

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Differentiation key for BI startups when attracting investors

BI startups, like all companies when they’re getting started, need money to get off the ground.

BI startups need to show that they have a good idea, and are not simply repackaging analytics software platforms already on the market. They need to show that they can build a strong product, and that their founders have the expertise to build and sustain something commercially viable.

And with that, they need to attract investors to fund the company in the years it takes between the time an idea forms and a company becomes financially solvent.

Vanessa Larco is a partner at New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm with over $20 billion assets under management. NEA was an early investor in companies such as Tableau and Salesforce when they were tech startups, and, among many other types of companies, continues to invest in BI startups. Recently, NEA was part of an investment round in Sisu, a startup BI vendor founded in 2018 and based in San Francisco.

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Larco, meanwhile, has an extensive background in computer science, and before joining NEA was director of product management at Box. Prior to that, she worked in the gaming industry, leading the speech recognition experience team at Xbox Kinnect v1. She leads deals investing in tech companies, including BI startups, and participates in others led by colleagues.

Larco recently took time to answer questions about investing in BI startups.

In Part I of a two-part Q&A, she discusses what she looks for in a BI startup and what she loved about Sisu. In Part II, Larco talks about the process of investing in BI startups, including the warning signs that arise that may keep her from investing.

When you’re considering investing in BI startups, what are some of the characteristics you want to see in a vendor that tell you it might make a good investment?

Vanessa Larco: I think every partner has their own journey when trying to figure out where to invest. For me, I draw a lot on my experience having been a product manager. When I think about what the challenges were that I had or that my team had in building, launching, supporting, maintaining products and then when you see a solution — whether it’s in data or any other vertical — that makes sense and you can say, ‘Wow, if this had existed when I was doing things it would have made my life easier, my team’s life easier,’ it’s something that resonates right off the bat.

I think every partner has their own journey when trying to figure out where to invest. For me, I draw a lot on my experience having been a product manager.
Vanessa LarcoPartner, NEA

You then validate it against actual teams that are still building things and ask them if this would be helpful, and that validates the real need for it.

In the case of Sisu, what stood out about them and led NEA to decide it was a company worth betting on?

Larco: Every process, as much as we like it to be standardized, turns out to be its own unique snowflake, and in the case of Sisu, Pete Sonsini led the deal team and I joined the deal team, meaning I helped him evaluate the opportunity and spent time with the team. I am super excited about Sisu. I ran it by some of my portfolio companies, particularly the ones who [complain that] board meetings take forever because they show a bunch of data and people ask, ‘Well why did this happen, why did that happen?’ And to get those answers it takes at least week. So when I saw the Sisu value proposition I wondered if this will solve that problem.

Even back when I led a product team in the past and we would present to CEOs, we’d show numbers going up and down and they’d ask, ‘Well, why did that happen?’ We’d have to get back to them. It’s just super painful when you know they’re going to ask you why, and that is what takes forever. Sometimes you spend all that time trying to figure out why, and then nothing comes of it, so when I saw the Sisu value proposition I thought that if this actually works it could be game changing.

What happened after you saw Sisu’s value proposition?

Larco: I took it to a good friend at a portfolio company to kick the tires, and they were like, ‘Yes. Yes, this awesome. Thank you so much.’ They said their data person would be so happy they wouldn’t be bogged down answering some very simple questions and doing the manual work to answer why, so from that perspective it was super exciting.

Once NEA invests in BI startups, how much influence does it want going forward — does it seek a spot on the board of directors, leave the company alone or something in between?

Larco: Each case in venture is different. It’s not a high-volume type of industry — we’re not doing hundreds of deals a year — so each deal is very unique and each financing round is unique. But in general, the earlier in the company’s lifecycle you invest in, the founders want you on their board because they want the attention and support, the advice, the feedback, the connection. VCs, in most cases, have been on many boards and seen a lot of stories play out, and you have a lot of connections to potential customers, and so to be able to understand what a company’s needs are as they change is really valuable. Most of the time, both parties want a seat on the board.

But if it’s super, super early and someone else leads the financing round and you’re just participating, someone else takes the board seat. Or if it’s the late stages then the board is already pretty filled out and it has less unknowns than in the early formation years, in those cases you may not take a seat on the board. If an investor is acquiring a significant amount of equity and you’re between 15 and 30 percent, they will typically take a board seat. Anything less than that, it may not make a ton of sense to take a board seat — there’s a limit to how many board seats we can take.

Besides Sisu, who are some startups in the BI/analytics space NEA has recently invested in?

Larco: My colleague Julia Schottenstein led the investment in Metabase, which is in the data space in the open-source project world. I was on the deal team and attended the board meetings for a company called OmniSci. The real value proposition there is they do some really cool geospatial [analysis], and it’s lightning fast. If you need data and need to visualize it across any type of map, I haven’t seen anything like it. From my gaming and advertising days that would have been a massive help. It’s a category that historically if you were investors in Tableau and other data companies that have done really well — it’s a category NEA has performed really well in in the past. It’s a massive category for IT spends, so it’s an area we actively invest in year over year.

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For Sale – Microsoft Surface Go 4GB Ram / 64GB eMMC & Blue Signature Type Cover

I would like to sell my MS Surface GO + Cobalt Blue Type Cover. I bought it in Feb 19, have used it on and off, but being in my 40’s I find the screen too small to live with a computer…. I have restored windows of course, i switched it to Win 10 Home from the S mode. I don’t think you can go back to S.

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The exact models are :

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For Sale – Microsoft Surface Go 4GB Ram / 64GB eMMC & Blue Signature Type Cover

I would like to sell my MS Surface GO + Cobalt Blue Type Cover. I bought it in Feb 19, have used it on and off, but being in my 40’s I find the screen too small to live with a computer…. I have restored windows of course, i switched it to Win 10 Home from the S mode. I don’t think you can go back to S.

It is in very good condition, no marks on the screen. There are a few light scuffs on the case back, but nothing significant or that you notice given it is the back.

It is all boxed with all the accessories.

I will provide a copy of the receipt for warranty purposes.

The exact models are :

Microsoft Surface GO 10-Inch Tablet-PC – (Silver) (Intel Pentium 4415Y Gold Processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 4 GB HD 615 Graphics, Windows 10 in S Mode)

Microsoft KCS-00023 Surface Go Signature Type Cover, Cobalt Blue

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For Sale – Microsoft Surface Go 4GB Ram / 64GB eMMC & Blue Signature Type Cover

I would like to sell my MS Surface GO + Cobalt Blue Type Cover. I bought it in Feb 19, have used it on and off, but being in my 40’s I find the screen too small to live with a computer…. I have restored windows of course, i switched it to Win 10 Home from the S mode. I don’t think you can go back to S.

It is in very good condition, no marks on the screen. There are a few light scuffs on the case back, but nothing significant or that you notice given it is the back.

It is all boxed with all the accessories.

I will provide a copy of the receipt for warranty purposes.

The exact models are :

Microsoft Surface GO 10-Inch Tablet-PC – (Silver) (Intel Pentium 4415Y Gold Processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 4 GB HD 615 Graphics, Windows 10 in S Mode)

Microsoft KCS-00023 Surface Go Signature Type Cover, Cobalt Blue

Price includes insured delivery by RMSD.

Any questions please ask.

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