CommonSpirit, Amazon's One Medical partner

Two giants in their industries are joining forces.

CommonSpirit Health's Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and Amazon's One Medical are partnering so the health system's specialists can provide care to the tech company's primary care patients.

Virginia Mason will be One Medical's specialty referral partner for its eight primary care clinics in the Seattle area. One Medical, which Amazon bought in February for $3.9 billion, has similar arrangements with health systems in nearly 20 of its other markets.

"Increasingly, healthcare consumers want patient-centered care delivered where they are, when they need it, with access via technology-driven solutions," said Ketul Patel, CEO of Tacoma, Wash.-based Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and president of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health's northwest region, in a Nov. 9 news release. "This new collaboration provides One Medical members with access to the region's best specialty care providers, and together we'll be able to provide better continuity of care, a better patient experience and ultimately better health outcomes."

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but, in one of the partnerships, a health system said it reimburses One Medical for providing care on its behalf and collects the fee-for-service revenue from the patient visits. One Medical previously collaborated with Seattle-based Swedish (part of Renton, Wash.-based Providence) in the region.

For $199 a year, One Medical extends unlimited on-demand virtual visits and online appointment scheduling for its more than 200 primary care offices around the country. Amazon launched One Medical for Prime on Nov. 8, offering the service for $9 a month to its estimated 200 million Prime members.

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