Amazon’s Alexa now handles patient health information

Today, Amazon has announced that six healthcare companies and providers can enable customers to access personalized health information by communicating with Alexa-enabled devices. This announcement has given Amazon another major move in its healthcare business.

The US Medical Information Protection Act (HIPAA) allows health information to be shared only between patients and patients in health care systems such as doctors and hospitals. In other words, information such as medical diagnoses and prescriptions are not available to third parties. Amazon now says that the company has created a way to send this information through Alexa-enabled devices and adhere to HIPPA. The company invited six medical companies to develop voice programs. Amazon uses their system to call it "technology." This development was previously reported by CNBC and Stat News .

"This new technology uses a simple voice at home for a variety of reasons, such as whether you have reserved a medical appointment, accessed hospital instructions after discharge, or are checking for prescription delivery status, "Alexa's chief administrator, Rachel Jiang, wrote in a blog post.

Of the six technologies released today, customers using Express Script can use Alexa to check their prescription delivery status. Livongo customers can check their blood glucose levels by connecting Alexa to the glucose monitor. Patients in the Boston Children 's Hospital ERAS program can receive information about appointments through Alexa. Jiang added that the program is currently only an inviter and will increase the number of medical developers using Alexa in the future.

For Amazon, this is one of the biggest moves into the $ 3.5 trillion health care space. In June we bought an online pharmacy called PillPack and in November announced plans to sell software to read medical records.

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