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Amazon effect: Aetna-CVS deal a symptom of retail giant’s penchant for disrupting entire industries

By Jeff Mordock

The Amazon effect has rocked bricks-and-mortar retail. Now it’s moving in on the health care market.

Analysts say CVS Health Corp.’s $69 billion bid for Aetna Inc., marking the first time a large pharmacy chain has merged with a major health insurer, is a direct result of Amazon’s plan to enter the prescription drug market.

“Everything Amazon does is disruptive; sometimes it’s just not clear how,” said Jason Bloomberg, CEO of Intellyx, a digital transformation consultant business.

The online retail giant made pharmacy chains nervous in October when it was revealed that Amazon had secured licenses to distribute prescription medicines in 12 states. CVS is believed to be making the Aetna deal to withstand a potential challenge from Amazon by creating a “one-stop shop” where consumers can get prescriptions, insurance coverage and treatment in one location.

By forcing CVS into the largest merger announced this year, Amazon is showing its might, analysts said. But they are unsure how Amazon will disrupt the health care sector — perhaps by acquiring a pharmaceutical manufacturer or by launching its own pharmacy benefits manager, or PBM.

Mr. Bloomberg said he wouldn’t be surprised if patients one day are treated at Amazon hospitals.

Read the entire article at https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/4/aetna-cvs-deal-shows-amazons-might/

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).