Amazon hires a new cardiologist to its healthcare division
Social media has taken the world by storm. Senior leadership figures, such as Elon Musk and even President Trump regularly post updates through platforms such as Twitter, and now another popular healthcare figure through this digital tool.
Well-known, admired cardiologist Maulik Majmudar has revealed he is set to join Amazon in an undisclosed role, with the aim to “make a truly meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of hundreds of millions of individuals throughout the world,” he said through Twitter.
Within previous roles as Cardiologist and Associate Director at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as lecturing and exceptional training at the esteemed Harvard Medical School, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, amongst others, Majmudar is passionate about embracing new technologies which will help transform the industry for the future.
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With this in mind, Majmudar has also worked as a medical adviser at Biofourmis, which has been described as “the world’s most sophisticated HIPAA compliant personalised health analytics platform based on human physiology which uses digital mHealth devices and bio-sensors to capture important clinical information towards building a precise predictive analytics engine.”
Navigating through the ongoing complexities within healthcare, from complex regulations to data protection, Amazon has hired a number of high profile figures to its health team, such as Taha Kass-Hout, former FDA Chief Health Information Officer and healthcare leader Dr Atul Gawande.
Exploring areas such as pharmacy wholesale distribution, acquiring companies such as PillPack and Xealth, the development of new medical devices and use of AI to compete against rivals such as Walgreens, as well as launch its own healthcare clinics for employees.
It’s partnership with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase will also further its goal to reduce ongoing escalating healthcare costs across the US, with Dr Gawande leading this venture.
Zoom enters the healthcare market - a timeline
Since the pandemic began Zoom has become an integral part of daily life for people working from home, as well as a vital tool for families and friends to communicate. However it's also been eyeing up the healthcare space since 2017, and following the boom in telehealth the company has been rolling out additional services. Here we chart Zoom's move into healthcare.
2011 - 2013
Zoom is founded in San Jose, California, by Eric Yuan, formerly of Cisco. He got the idea to create a video calling platform from his visits to his girlfriend while he was a student, which would take 10 hours by train.
A beta version is released in 2012, which can host up to 15 participants. In 2013 this rises to 25. By mid-2013, Zoom has 1 million users.
2014 - 2017
Zoom attracts investors, including Sequoia Capital, Emergence and Horizon Ventures. By January 2017, Zoom has a series D funding worth $100 million.
2017 - 2019
Zoom for Telehealth launches, including an integration with EHR system Epic. It has cloud-based video, audio, and content sharing features, a "waiting room" for patients, and can easily be integrated into healthcare provider's workflows.
In 2019 Zoom goes public, with its IPO rising 72% in one day.
As a result of the pandemic, Zoom gains 2.2 million new users, more than in the whole of 2019. On the 23rd of March alone - the day the UK lockdown was announced - the platform was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world.
Share prices rise to around $150, and founder and chief executive Eric Yuan becomes one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $7.9 billion.
Early security issues are addressed by encrypting data with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). By now the the platform allows 99 people to be on a call simultaneously
New features launch, including Zoom Home and Zoom for Chats. Throughout the year the platform is used to replace most kinds of real life events: work meetings, online classrooms, church services and social events.
Renamed Zoom for Healthcare, users can share secured video, audio, and content through desktops, mobile phones, and conference devices. As well as Epic, it can be integrated with Strmr, IntakeQ, and Practice Better.
It can also be used with diagnostic cameras and other point-of-care devices, including digital stethoscopes.
In an interview with Korea Biomedical Review, Zoom Global Healthcare Lead Ron Emerson said: "Our service is not simply a virtual care and telemedicine platform but a multi-purpose platform that can satisfy the needs of healthcare institutions."
"It can be used for administrative tasks, including telemedicine, medical team meetings, recruitment, medical education, employee training, and disease prevention. Analysing electronic records managed by Zoom could provide meaningful insights into patient care."
Phoenix Children's Hospital, Belfast's Hospital Services Limited, Butler Health Services and the global Project ECHO are among Zoom for Healthcare's current customers.