The voice assistant from Amazon has already made its mark in smart offices and lifestyles of people. In the coming years, patients, nurses, doctors and pharmacists will be integrating Alexa in their professional lives. Previously, reports had revealed Amazon working with its 12-member team on its ‘health and wellness’ division. This is aimed to streamline the functionalism of the voice assistant, aligning it perfectly in the healthcare sector.
With the integration of the Alexa skills, the owners will be able to interact using their natural language with the platform. Besides news gathering, travel, weather and entertainment, healthcare remains one of the most prominent segments to benefit.
Alexa brings a completely hands-free experience to the users. Even if they are bedridden, or unable to move, a simple voice command can activate Alexa and get things done. Besides, it is designed to withstand noisy environments and ensures a great clarity of sound. Have a look at the key potentials of Alexa in the healthcare industry.
In the first half of 2018, Amazon had announced that it had already sold off 30 million units of the voice assistant, which makes up 70% of the market. Here are some of the promising Alexa skills in the healthcare domain that patients will benefit from.
Patients can convey their symptoms to the Dr. A.I. by Health Tap, and get relevant suggestions regarding the possible causes of ailments. The skill learns more about the patient through interaction, providing detailed and useful suggestions. Symptom Checker is another skill, that has been designed to have similar functions. It takes the patients through a number of questions, clarifying the condition and suggesting a solution.
Certain Alexa Skills have been designed to monitor chronic disease conditions. These Skills gather data and manage a given medical condition, sharing them with the doctors. Merck, a pharmaceutical company, had organized the Alexa Diabetes Challenge, searching for Alexa Skills to deal with diabetes. The $125,000 prize went to Sugarpod by Wellpepper. This would enable the diabetic patients improve self-care, with the voice assistant supporting them.
Patients can use the Web MD Alexa Skill to find information from the National Library of Medicine and Food and Drug Administration regarding any drug or medicine, before actually popping them. However, the users need to speak the words aloud, before the voice assistant pulls up the information. As a result, patients can now be sure about the medicines they are taking, particularly if they happen to be unprescribed.
Various Alexa Skills are being launched for urgent healthcare facilities. These skills can be used to deliver the waiting time, phone numbers and operational hours of various hospitals and clinics. The patients can view the details of individual healthcare institutions near them using the programs.
By 2040, the healthcare industry is assumed to be an $18 trillion industry. Digital tools like Amazon Echo will be bridging the loopholes existing in the present healthcare industry, making communication simpler. Forward-thinking companies are collaborating with the reputed mobile app developers to build dedicated apps, integrated with these voice assistant features. The healthcare industry is all set to tap the benefits of digital technology in the coming years.
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