Amazon has hired former U.S. FDA chief health informatics officer Dr. Taha Kass-Hout. He will work on healthcare business development for the tech and commerce giant's Grand Challenge team, also known as 1492.
Most recently, after leaving the FDA, Kass-Hout was senior vice president and chief digital health and intelligence officer for Trinity Health. Before his time at the FDA, he was director of health informatics solutions and operations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is not Amazon's first foray into healthcare. Earlier this year, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they're teaming up to form a healthcare company for their U.S. workers. Last year, Amazon's Grand Challenge team reportedly started working on electronic health records.
Other companies have also taken advantage of Amazon's technology, including Alexa, its voice assistant. WebMD, for one, offers an Alexa app that people can use to get medical advice by talking to their Amazon Echo devices.