Providence chief digital officer Aaron Martin is returning to Amazon after spending eight years at the Catholic-based health system.
Martin has led Providence Ventures, overseeing the health system’s $300 million health tech fund. Under Martin, Providence has spun out two digital health companies from its digital innovation group and invested in a number of other successful companies, including Omada Health and Lyra Health.
In 2021, Providence spun out DexCare, a platform-as-a-service, digital care operating system that manages health system capacity and demand across all lines of care. In 2017, the health system spun out Xealth, which allows physicians to prescribe digital health apps to patients.
Martin came to Providence from Amazon, where he was one of the lead executives on the Kindle e-reader. Bloomberg first reported the news. According to Bloomberg, Martin will help the tech giant “deepen its partnership with medical providers” as it tries to inch its way into the healthcare space. He will report to Amazon’s senior vice president of health, Neil Lindsay.
Amazon has made several attempts to push into healthcare. The company recently announced a partnership with Teladoc and launched its own telemedicine initiative. In June 2021, a joint venture with JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway, Haven, collapsed after only three years of operation.
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