June 29, 2018
Healthcare is improving with each passing year, allowing more aging patients to enjoy longer and healthier lives. Unlike in years past, though, this population isn’t necessarily limited to years of hospitals and assisted living homes. Driven by a desire for lower costs and increased independence, a broad range of new technologies are aiming to keep aging loved ones healthy in the comfort of their...
June 21, 2018
On-demand fitness content maker Aaptiv has raised $22 million in a new funding round led by Millenium Technology Value Partners. Existing investor Insight Venture Partners also contributed to the round, as did several strategic investors: The Amazon Alexa Fund, Disney, Warner Music Group, and NWS Holdings.
Aaptiv offers an app that helps a user choose from a library of audio training sessions...
May 11, 2018
After Amazon inked a deal with JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway to focus on employee health in January, it was clear the tech giant would be investigating the healthcare arena. However, it could be that consumers will also see Amazon’s entrance into health, as leaked documents obtained by CNBC suggest the company is building a “health & wellness” team within its Alexa voice assistant division...
March 16, 2018
Voice assistants are on the rise among European physicians with more than half of those practicing in major European countries either interested in or actively using these technologies, according to survey data collected by DRG Digital | Manhattan Research. According to the company, 56 percent of polled physicians said that they currently use or would like to use voice assistants in their work....
February 20, 2018
Optra Health, which produces AI-driven iPhronesis analysis platform for healthcare and life sciences clients, today announced the launch of a new genetics-focused product specially designed for consumers, genetic counselors, and other genomics researchers.
The OptraGURU platform combines the AI tech of iPhronesis with the language capabilities of Amazon’s Alexa. Users can speak directly to...
December 14, 2017
Santa Monica, California-based GoodRx is giving consumers a new way to access the company’s database of drug prices: asking Alexa. With a new skill that's due to launch soon, users can find out the cheapest place to obtain a given drug and get a coupon texted to their phone, all just by using voice interaction.
“We want to give GoodRx in whatever the shape or form people need it,” CEO Doug Hirsch...
November 1, 2017
While its easy to think of voice apps as just another platform to develop apps for, voice interfaces offer a whole new way of interacting with consumers and present their own host of design challenges.
At the Connected Health Conference in Boston last week, three healthcare developers talked about their experience developing voice apps in healthcare, and where they think the technology is going...
October 17, 2017
A new skill for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant will direct New York patients to convenient emergency and urgent care locations with the shortest waits.
The voice-powered Northwell Health skill can be downloaded for free by anyone using an Alexa-enabled device. By addressing the Alexa, the skill responds to users with the address of the closest Northwell hospital emergency department or GoHealth...
October 16, 2017
Seattle-based Wellpepper, developers of a digital patient engagement service, have been announced the winners of the Alexa Diabetes Challenge for their voice-enabled diabetes support platform Sugarpod.
Consisting of a scale, foot scanner, and mobile interface along with a Amazon Alexa voice functionality, Sugarpod is designed to support type 2 diabetes care plans by integrating engagement and...
September 20, 2017
Basic health information and advice provided by the Mayo Clinic is now available on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. Owners who have downloaded the Mayo Clinic First Aid skill (Amazon’s version of apps) need only voice their concerns to receive answers to dozens of everyday health issues or other self-care instructions.
“Mayo Clinic produces trusted, evidence-based health guidance to empower people...