Is Amazon pivoting to healthcare? Tech giant reportedly hires Box's healthcare VP

Jessica Kim Cohen - Print  | 

Amazon reportedly hired a healthcare executive from Box, a cloud-based file sharing service, suggesting the company's growing investment in digital health, according to CNBC.

The tech giant hired Missy Krasner, vice president and managing director of Box's healthcare and life sciences group, two sources familiar with the matter told CNBC. The sources did not specify what her position with Amazon would be.

Ms. Krasner has worked at Box since 2013, where she helped the company build a product targeted toward the healthcare industry. Prior to her career at Box, she was an investor in digital health startups in the venture capital space.

Amazon has reportedly made a few moves into healthcare in recent months. Amazon Web Services, the company's cloud division, is improving its HIPAA-compliant services and counts Siemens and Orion Health among its customers.

The company is also expanding its drug and medical supply distribution and has reportedly hired employees from the pharmaceutical industry in what may be its first steps into the pharmacy business. Developers have also considered how its voice assistant, Alexa, may support healthcare delivery.

Amazon and Ms. Krasner did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

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