Amazon, FDA meeting a harbinger for potential healthcare move

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Is Amazon poised to join the fray of large technology companies jumping into the healthcare space?

Amazon representatives met with Howard Sklamberg, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for global regulatory operations and policy, late last month, according to a report by VentureBeat. That, in addition to the July hiring of Babak Parviz, an ex-Google employee who renowned for developing Google Glass and the company’s smart contact lens, point to a potential move for Amazon, the article predicts.

Both Google and Apple this summer announced the launch of separate but similar online health platforms, the former despite company founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page stating publicly that healthcare is a “painful” business due to heavy regulation. Google Fit will aggregate data from fitness-tracking devices and health-related apps, and earlier this month, debuted a preview SDK for the platform.

Read more: FierceHealthIT

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