April 4, 2019
Earlier this morning, Amazon announced in a blog post that its voice-based Alexa platform now supports the development of software that communicates HIPAA-protected health information through an invite-only Alexa Skills Kit program.
To kick off the new capability, the company also highlighted the launch of six new Alexa skills built by healthcare providers and other stakeholders. Each is designed...
October 10, 2018
Amazon and Walmart have both recently been granted patents for novel uses of biometric sensing — Amazon for an Alexa feature that would allow the device to passively detect signs of illness and recommend remedies and Walmart for a connected shopping cart handle that can detect heart rate, palm temperature, grip force, and walking speed.
Companies, especially large, over-resourced companies like...
October 1, 2018
Last week two venture branches of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, Amazon’s Alexa Fund and the Google Assistant Investment Program, announced investments in patient voice assistant Aiva, which specializes in hands-free communication between patients and caregivers. While the investment amounts have not be publicly announced, the company revealed its other investors include Act One Ventures, Mucker...
August 9, 2018
In early 2016, Boston Children’s Hospital was among the first healthcare organizations to leverage Amazon Alexa with KidsMD, a skill that helps parents understand their child’s symptoms, seek basic medication dosing guidance, or decide whether an in-person visit is necessary. With roughly 100,000 app interactions to date, more than 200 unique weekly, and plans for a second version of the skill...
August 8, 2018
Voice assistants are finding their way into a growing number of consumer homes, leading an ever-increasing number of healthcare companies to investigate how these connected technologies can be used to improve patients' health and deliver pertinent information directly to the individual.
Unsurprisingly, building a successful consumer voice app comes with a number of challenges and considerations...
July 16, 2018
It’s bilingual. Miami-based CareCloud, maker of care management platform Breeze, has just added a new Spanish version, called Breeze en Español. The new version will allow customers to book, check-in and out of appointments, and pay for bills in Spanish.
“A good patient experience is language neutral,” Juan Molina, CareCloud’s vice president of strategy and business development, said in a...
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....