'Alexa, Find Me A Doctor.' 'OK, Finding You A Daughter.'

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Amazon said in a Thursday blog post that the software will allow patients to manage a variety of health-care needs at home using voice, whether it's booking a medical appointment, checking on the status of a prescription delivery or accessing hospital post-discharge instructions.

"Alexa, book me a doctor's appointment!".

Alexa's skills are HIPAA-compliant and can be accessed by healthcare providers, payers, pharmacy benefit managers and digital health companies as part of an invite-only program.

Amazon says Alexa's "HIPAA-eligible environment" is now invite-only to potential healthcare developers, but there are already six skills available to those who trust the company to handle information about their prescriptions, blood sugar levels, and post-operation recovery status. The announcement marks another huge move for Amazon into the health care business.

·Swedish Health Connect (from Providence St. Joseph Health, a healthcare system with 51 hospitals across 7 states and 829 clinics): Customers can find an urgent care centre near them and schedule a same-day appointment.

The medical insurance firm is piloting a voice skill aimed at increasing proactive health engagement; eligible employees can opt in to track personalized wellness incentives and receive daily motivational tips.

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·Atrium Health (a healthcare system with more than 40 hospitals and 900 care locations in North and SC and Georgia): Customers in North and SC can find an urgent care location near them and schedule a same-day appointment.

And Livongo, a digital health startup that helps patients manage chronic health conditions, developed a voice tool that allows patients to ask about their last blood sugar reading and their blood sugar trends.

"In the future, we expect to enable additional developers to take advantage of this capability", Jiang wrote.

"Boston Children's Hospital has long believed that voice technology has the potential to substantially improve the healthcare experience for both consumers and clinicians".

The three other initial program participants are Boston Children's Hospital, Cigna and Express Scripts. We're in a renaissance of voice technology and voice assistants in health care.

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