The Amazon Pharmacy home screen on a smartphone placed in the Brooklyn borough of New York, United States on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
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The former Amazon Prime chief has been placed in a role overseeing the company’s health efforts.
Neil Lindsay was named senior vice president of Health and Brand within Amazon’s global consumer business last month, according to his LinkedIn profile and people familiar with the move.
Lindsay’s responsibilities now include overseeing Amazon’s collective healthcare efforts, including online pharmacies, telemedicine and health diagnostics, according to a person familiar with the matter. He continues to oversee Amazon’s global branding and marketing efforts, said the person who refused to be identified to discuss internal company matters.
Lindsay served in various departments during his 11+ years at Amazon, including leading the company’s main Prime Subscription business and leading global marketing. He also designed the branding for popular Amazon devices such as the Kindle e-reader and the Fire and Echo products.
Lindsay is part of the “S-Team”, a very influential group of executives who reports to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy.
Amazon hires Lindsay to lead its health efforts as the company deepens its presence in the health care industry. The company launched Amazon Pharmacy last year, which aims to make it easier to order prescriptions online, and was the result of the acquisition of PillPack in 2018.
Amazon’s telehealth service, known as Amazon Care, started as a pilot program for some of its employees. At the beginning of this year, Amazon expanded the program for all employees nationwide and began offering it to other companies for their employees
The company has also tried to get healthcare companies to use its cloud computing services to manage their huge amounts of data. In the meantime, Amazon has added new health applications to its Alexa voice assistant and launched a health and fitness tracker called Halo.
Earlier this year, Amazon announced that it would end Haven, its joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan. Haven was touted by employers as an incubator for improving health programs three years ago.
Amazon doesn’t mention things like prescription drug sales or the number of Halo devices sold.
However, analysts believe that healthcare will be a valuable business for the company over time. Loop Capital analysts estimated that Amazon could increase its sales by $ 72 billion through further expansion in the healthcare sector.
–Alex Sherman contributed to this story
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