Major tech companies continue expanding into healthcare

Amazon is the latest major tech company thought to be moving into healthcare.

HIPAA compliance services will only become more essential as major tech giants continue to enter into the digital healthcare arena. Because of the prominence of apps in the current healthcare discussion, it isn't a surprise that Apple expects for its HealthKit to be a success.

But a Forbes article examined how other major tech companies have decided to compete. Not only is Google pioneering its use of smart contact lenses to help cure medical conditions, the source notes that Amazon, a company that's been in the news for multiple ambitious projects recently, might also have plans in healthcare.

Speculation abounds, and at the moment there's little to go on other than a a known meeting between Amazon and the FDA that happened earlier this summer. It's thought that the conversation between the two entities may have centered around regulations pertaining to electronic healthcare solutions.

Forbes spoke with the Advisory Board Company's Ken Kleinberg, who called the Amazon interest in healthcare a "complex issue."

"There are FDA regulatory distinctions between manufacturing, marketing, and selling medical devices," he said. "There are regulatory distinctions between devices used for wellness, which often aren't regulated, and ones used for disease management. And in some cases, the device itself is not the issue — it's how it is marketed."

Other well-known companies like Walmart are also entering into this sphere, moving from being a successful mainstream business into the medical field with a own special clinic. 

These offerings should be coupled with healthcare IT consulting professionals so practices don't abandon traditional IT security protocol just because the  technology is new.

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