Amazon Alexa

By Dave Muoio 03:35 pm 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....
By Dave Muoio 03:41 pm 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...
By Jonah Comstock 04:36 pm 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...
By Jonah Comstock 05:13 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 03:32 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 12:14 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 03:52 pm 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...
By Heather Mack 04:58 pm June 22, 2017
As virtual private assistants like Amazon’s Alexa become smarter, more popular and more useful, why not give it them tools to recognize emotions? That seems to be the thinking behind Israel-based Beyond Verbal, which makes voice recognition software to analyze human emotion and health indicators, releasing a cloud-based API engine to integrate with virtual private assistants (VPAs). The intention...
By Heather Mack 05:53 pm April 11, 2017
VR-neurostimulation combo device gets crowdfunded. While there has been plenty of buzz about virtual reality technology in clinical settings, it seems there is consumer demand health-focused VR as well. Kortex, a new wearable from medical device company Fisher Wallace Labs, uses a combination of the neurostimulation and VR to improve sleep quality and stress management. The device, which is built...
By Tom Sullivan 02:38 pm April 11, 2017
Amazon Web Services and Merck announced a developer competition on Monday to that plans to harness artificial intelligence for diabetics. Dubbed the Alexa Diabetes Challenge, and powered by Luminary Labs, the contest aims to incent upstarts and individual developers to create apps that harness Amazon’s Alexa voice-enabled technologies particularly for patients recently diagnosed with Type 2...