AWS launches $40M grants programme to help improve health equity and outcomes

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Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing arm of e-commerce giant Amazon, has opened applications for its $40 million programme that supports organisations working to enhance health outcomes and equity for underserved and underrepresented communities globally.


In an announcement yesterday, AWS said it will be providing credits and technical expertise to chosen organisations over three years to help them develop solutions in improving health outcomes. 


Eligible organisations include those working to increase health service access in underserviced communities through the development of tools such as telehealth/telemedicine and remote patient monitoring. The programme will also support those creating technological solutions to address social determinants of health (SDoH). 

Additionally, the grant is open to organisations trying to fill the gaps in health data that contribute to inequities, including those who are creating or consolidating datasets to increase representation in health systems; linking SDoH data to produce informative datasets; and cleaning existing datasets to improve accuracy. 

AWS is accepting applications until 15 November.


COVID-19 has shined a light on the systemic differences in health access among people. Numerous reports during the pandemic have highlighted that populations or individuals who were considered vulnerable or part of a marginalised group have experienced “disproportionately higher infection rates of COVID-19 and worse health outcomes“. 

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While the application of modern technology to health systems will not magically end health inequity, AWS says it can hasten health research and innovation, level the playing field for care access, help deliver trusted information, streamline supply chains, among other contributions. 

“Today’s announcement is part of AWS’s continued investment to support our customers to leverage the cloud to solve some of the biggest challenges in our community such as equitable access to healthcare services, which was critical even before the pandemic,” said Peter Moore, regional managing director for Worldwide Public Sector at AWS Asia Pacific and Japan.


This programme provides organisations with another way to access AWS credits and technical expertise to advance their missions. Early last year, AWS launched the Diagnostic Development Initiative to help organisations worldwide in applying cloud technology to accelerate COVID-19 diagnostics research and development. It provided $20 million in computing credits and expertise to drive diagnostic innovations. 


Moore reflected on COVID-19’s impact in driving cloud adoption across Asia’s public sector: “COVID-19 drove an acceleration in the adoption of cloud technology across the public sector by spurring rapid innovation in telemedicine, digital health, and ways to collaborate on medical research. AWS supports many organisations around Asia in the fight against COVID-19 by providing the technology needed to measure the spread, test patients, monitor impacts, decode immune system responses, develop treatments, and many other critical functions. With comprehensive services and features that enable customers to meet the highest security and compliance requirements, AWS can empower customers to move at the speed necessary to have an impact”.

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