Amazon is venturing further into the health care sector, creating a "secret lab" to research opportunities in electronic medical records, telemedicine and other projects, according to CNBC

"The new team is currently looking at opportunities that involve pushing and pulling data from legacy electronic medical record systems," CNBC reports. "If successful, Amazon could make that information available to consumers and their doctors. It is also hoping to build a platform for telemedicine, which in turn could make it easier for people to have virtual consultations with doctors, one of the people said." 

The Seattle lab, which will explore these and other hardware and software projects related to health care, will be run by "stealth team 1492," likely named after the year Columbus first landed in the Americas, CNBC says. 

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.