Amazon’s Alexa Now Offering Health Advice
By: Alley Goodroad
“Alexa, turn off the living room lights.” “Alexa, play my favorite Spotify playlist.” “Alexa…I need medical advice.” It’s the next new thing in health tech.
As of this week, a new integration into the popular Alexa Amazon service allows hardware owners to say, “Alexa, talk to Dr. Al.” Alexa connects users to HealthTap which provides 24/7 immediate access to over 107,000 doctors via video, text, or voice. HealthTap is a long-existing company designed to give answers to individuals with potential health problems. Got a cold? Got an earache? Alexa & Dr. Al will help. Warning: The service is not intended to replace an in-person doctor’s visit. However, the voice assistance will help you get there. At the end of the virtual consult, if it is determined that you need to see a medical practitioner, Alexa will schedule an office visit on your behalf. Remarkable!
Previously, HealthTap’s availability was limited to only iPhone and Android mobile access. The partnership with Amazon broadens public access. Smart home devices are part of a growing tech market. Amazon Echo is a leader in the space. A recent Consumer Intelligence Research Partners report estimated Amazon sold 3 million devices. Growth is bound to enhance the medical field. The new-age health service will benefit individuals with limited mobility.
The doctor, Alexa, will see you now.
Alley Goodroad is a tech geek and digital media strategist at heart. She consults for start-ups, mid-sized businesses, and Fortune 50 companies. Recently, the Houston Business Journal nominated Alley for a Top 40 Under 40 award to honor advances in the digital space. Her other hobbies include coffee-ing, running, and playing with Brooklyn (an adorable Shih Tsu).