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5 takeaways from the Amazon/One Medical transaction

5 takeaways from the Amazon/One Medical transaction


On July 21, 2022, essentially the most high-profile acquisition within the well being care area in latest reminiscence was introduced, when Amazon publicized the acquisition of One Medical, a main care group, for $3.9 billion. Amazon’s curiosity within the large US well being care trade has been no secret in recent times, however that is undoubtedly their largest wager to this point. One Medical’s core enterprise is a subscription primarily based digital platform providing telehealth companies, nevertheless it has additionally made inroads in creating in-person brick and mortar clinics as effectively. One Medical additionally provides its personal proprietary EMR system as employer-oriented choices (with Google identified to be a significant consumer).

Given Amazon’s large scale and ambition, individuals within the area will little question be watching this transaction carefully and listed here are 5 areas we might be listening to:

1. Main care is a pretty goal.

As many commentators have famous, so as to deliver down prices and improve the standard of affected person care, innovators want a big inhabitants to gather knowledge and unfold threat. Amazon tried this as soon as already with its notorious three way partnership, Haven. Between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, Haven had 1.2 million U.S. staff in its system, however as a result of these staff have been in broadly dispersed geographies, it lacked adequate market energy to deliver down the prices of well being care companies for its staff. Equally, well being care suppliers had little incentive to retrain their focus from offering (costly) episodic care to specializing in general well being care outcomes primarily based upon worth.

In contrast to the Haven three way partnership, the One Medical acquisition represents an funding in value-based main care which provides some distinct advantages. Whereas many non-public fairness investments concentrate on fee-for service and outpatient specialties, garnering a return on such an funding usually includes creating further income streams by including ancillary services. Then again, main care suppliers are typically well-positioned to direct and handle the care of their sufferers as a result of period and frequency of contact with them. Coupled with superior knowledge analytics to enhance care administration and ship evidence-based care, many within the well being care trade imagine that main care has the potential to revolutionize care supply in america, shifting away from costly, procedure-based care to patient-centered care led by physicians. Lastly and maybe most critically, One Medical’s present attributable Medicare lives supply a possibility for Amazon to interrupt into the value-based Medicare mannequin at a scale that might be unimaginable with its personal staff.

2.  Well being techniques – be cautious.

The One Medical acquisition has repercussions past the individuals to the transaction. Direct Main Care has seen an explosion of curiosity in recent times, and One Medical doesn’t place itself as a competitor to well being techniques. Nevertheless, if One Medical is ready to enhance the standard and entry to care and higher handle high quality of care, it’s prone to cut back the necessity for the episodic care supplied by hospitals and different costlier actors.  

3. Improvements in employer choices.

Whereas this acquisition will be seen in some ways as a departure from Amazon’s earlier forays into well being care, it’s necessary to notice essentially the most worthwhile factor Amazon brings to this transaction remains to be its large worker base. If Amazon began with their worker base within the Haven three way partnership, right here they’re beginning with a confirmed main care mannequin and plugging their worker base into that.  

Even past that, nonetheless, Amazon now has an amazing alternative to innovate with respect to the employer’s function within the supply of well being care companies with out the strain of that being the core of the enterprise. New alternatives on this area embody the addition of localized clinics being positioned subsequent to main workplaces (assume Amazon warehouses).  If Amazon can create its personal market strategically, they may drastically make inroads in one of many largest alternatives within the well being care area – the roughly one quarter of American who don’t have a main care physician.

4. Improvements in knowledge and supply.

Many doctor practices, both as stand alone entities or when operated by hospitals or well being care techniques, undergo from lack of assets to develop and innovate in info techniques, knowledge administration, and growth of scientific protocols, significantly as a result of, as famous above, there may be normally a robust concentrate on offering extra profitable episodic care to the detriment of preventive drugs. We now have no doubts that Amazon will additional One Medical’s knowledge analytics capabilities in a method that can allow it to handle well being care and value knowledge throughout the heath care continuum. Equally, we anticipate that One Medical will proceed to offer (and even develop) its choices of telehealth and different companies which can be value efficient, handy, and allow the immediate administration of affected person well being to attenuate subsequent, expensive interventions.

5. Engaging to physicians.

The One Medical follow mannequin is prone to seem engaging to many main care physicians as a result of it locations them on the middle of well being care decision-making for his or her sufferers. It’s broadly documented that the variety of physicians in impartial follow is lowering. On the identical time, many main care physicians are leery of changing into employed by well being techniques as a result of a lot well being system income relies on hospital companies – that means that the physicians are in a secondary place with respect to their means to command monetary and administration assets. Amazon and One Medical are positioned to make the most of these dynamics. With One Medical’s present infrastructure and Amazon’s market penetration and presence throughout america, they need to be enabled to draw sufferers whereas on the identical time relieving physicians of administrative burdens that overwhelm many well being care suppliers.

Nathan Viehl is a member of Thompson Coburn’s well being care follow.



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