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Amazon to partner with Cerner on health care data

Amazon and Cerner will analyze health care data together. Photo: Ted S. Warren / AP

Amazon's cloud-computing division is expected to partner with health care technology giant Cerner to mine patient health care data, CNBC reports. Amazon would work with Cerner, a major developer of electronic health records, to analyze clinical data and predict what treatments are valuable.

Why it matters: Amazon is expected to make a bigger jump into health care. Pharmacies and drug distributors are worried the conglomerate will overhaul prescription drug delivery. But the partnership with Cerner would get at the lower-hanging fruit of health care data analysis, which is attracting gobs of money in the hope of reducing the country's health care spending.