NYU Langone Health is a “strategic development partner” with Amazon Business, the online marketplace for institutions, said Chris Holt, leader of global health care at Amazon.

Holt spoke Thursday on the NYU Langone campus in Manhattan for the health system’s Health Tech Summit. He described how hospitals must adapt for the digital age and, of course, how Amazon could help them do it.

NYU Langone held the event in part to promote its health-tech hub, which conducts outreach to early stage companies that might partner with the system, said Dr. Christopher Morris, NYU Langone’s associate director for digital health innovation.

An NYU Langone spokeswoman said the health system was “in talks about partnership and participating in some pilot opportunities” with Amazon but declined to elaborate beyond that description.

One of Amazon Business’s major entries into health care has been as a supplier. Holt said that large organizations often spend 80% of their procurement budget with 20% of their suppliers, and the remaining 20% of spending is split between 80% of vendors. Amazon is looking to consolidate that share.

He said that NYU Langone is in “pilot mode” with Amazon Business, which allows organizations’ procurement offices to select certain products for employees to reorder.

Amazon Business said in July 2017 that its platform selling supplies to customers in health care, education, government and other business categories had more than 1 million U.S. customers.

By Jonathan LaMantia | Crain’s (New York)

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