Amazon Web Services launches $40M initiative that aims to reduce health inequities

Max Peterson. (Amazon Photo)

Amazon Web Services will provide $40 million in credits and technical support over three years for organizations working to enhance health and reduce inequities in care.

“Applying modern technology to health systems is not a silver bullet to ending health inequity,” said Max Peterson, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide public sector at AWS, in a statement. “But it can speed health research and innovation, level the playing field for accessing care, help deliver trusted information to people when and where they need it, streamline supply chains, and more.”

The new global program, announced Tuesday, will operate in parallel to another launched in early 2020 to support COVID-19 diagnostics research and development. AWS has supported 87 organizations in 17 countries through that program, the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative.

Organizations that operate in three key areas are invited to apply to the new initiative:

  • “Increasing access to health services for underserved communities.” Organizations in this area may receive support for efforts to develop tools to reach marginalized communities through telehealth and telemedicine, including through remote patient monitoring.
  • “Addressing social determinants of health.” AWS will support projects that use technology to address health outcomes influenced by broader social, economic and environmental factors.
  • “Leveraging data to promote more equitable and inclusive systems of care.” National and global health statistics reports often do not provide complete data on diverse groups, contributing to inequities. AWS will support projects that address this gap.
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