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Amazon and Seattle startup Xealth are working on a pilot program that will let doctors ‘prescribe’ items for delivery to patients’ homes, CNBC reports.

The report comes just weeks after Amazon announced it will acquire pharmaceutical delivery service PillPack, the most aggressive move yet from the company as it marches towards the healthcare field.

When reached by GeekWire, Xealth CEO Mike McSherry declined to comment on the report. GeekWire has reached out to Amazon for comment and will update this story when we hear back.

The program reportedly involves healthcare systems Providence St. Joseph Health and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, both of which are Xealth customers. Both companies have a presence on Xealth’s board of directors, and both Providence representative Aaron Martin and UPMC representative Mark Stabingas are former Amazon executives.

The program will reportedly let doctors ‘prescribe’ bundles of medical items that will then be delivered directly to patients. After a patient leaves the hospital, say after a knee surgery, a doctor could ‘prescribe’ items like a brace and over-the-counter medications. The patient could then order the items for delivery by Amazon through an online patient portal.

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