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The Wall Street Journal: Amazon introduces software to mine patient health records to find efficiencies

Amazon.com Inc. is starting to sell software to mine patient medical records for information that doctors and hospitals could use to improve treatment and cut costs, the latest move by a big technology company into the health care industry.

The software can read digitized patient records and other clinical notes, analyze them and pluck out key data points, Amazon AMZN, +0.01% says. The company is expected to announce the launch Tuesday.

Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud-computing division, has been selling such text-analysis software to companies outside medicine for use in areas such as travel booking, customer support and supply-chain management.

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