Atul Gawande names as CEO of Amazon/JP Morgan /Berkshire health effort. UPDATED : including almost full hour fireside chat.

So if anybody was in doubt on how serious Amazon/JP Morgan /Berkshire is: ⁦‪@Atul_Gawande‬⁩ named to head new firm to serve their health/effort

Atul Gawande, a surgeon, and journalist who has written extensively about the U.S. failure to grapple with rising health-care spending has been named to head a new health venture for Amazon.com Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Inc.and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The new firm — meant to help the three companies improve care and lower costs — will be based in Boston and Gawande will start on July 9. It will be independent of the three firms, whose leaders formed the group as a way of contending with what Berkshire Chief Executive Officer Warren Buffett called a “tapeworm” eating the U.S. economy.

“I have devoted my public health career to building scalable solutions for better health-care delivery that are saving lives, reducing suffering, and eliminating wasteful spending both in the U.S. and across the world,” Gawande said in a statement from the group announcing his appointment. Along with his writing and medical practice, Gawande is a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.

Gawande is a prominent name in health-care policy circles, though hasn’t run a major business. Many details of the new venture — its name, size, budget and authority — weren’t immediately available. It will be an “independent entity that is free from profit-making incentives and constraints,” the group said in the statement.

read on at  Bloomberg.