voice assistant

By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2019
The top two questions nurses at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital field from bedridden patients are “When is my lunch coming?” and “When are visiting hours?” according to Viraj Patwardhan, the hospital’s VP of digital design and consumer experience. “When you don’t have anything to do, you either think of food or you think of your loved ones,” he said. At the Patient Engagement and Experience...
By Jonah Comstock November 15, 2018
Belgian biopharma company UCB has tapped customer engagement company Verint Systems to create an app for patients with Parkinson's disease. The app is called PD Coach and includes an AI assistant named April which can communicate with users either by text or speech. At launch, the app will support journaling and symptoms tracking. April is programmed with a wealth of Parkinson's-specific...
By Laura Lovett October 2, 2018
Yesterday Sopris Health, an artificial intelligence company designed to help with medical documentation, scored $3.4 million in a recent funding round. This time the Denver-based startup was funded by Access Venture Partners, Cue Capital, Tallwave Capital, Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, Techstars and Rockies Venture Fund. The financing comes in the form of new cash and conversion of promissory notes...
By Laura Lovett May 17, 2018
This morning Shanghai-based insurtech company CareVoice launched what it claims is the first AI voice-based virtual health assistant for insurers and employers in Greater China.  Insurance members can use the AI system to help triage their symptoms before going to see a doctor. The latest technology is integrated with the CareVoice platform and will let users check their symptoms, access self-...
By Jonah Comstock 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 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 March 7, 2017
People who turn to WebMD in their quest for health information can now do so without lifting a finger  – they can use their voice, through a new integration with Amazon Alexa. As of today, people who use the voice-assistant service can launch the WebMD skill on any Alexa-enabled device (such as the Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV) and ask a question about a range of health-related topics...