Dr. Alexa is in the house.
Amazon's voice assistant has gained several skills that enable consumers to ask questions such as "Alexa, Gain Blood Glucose" and get quick responses, CNBC reported.
The technology giant can now sign business agreements with healthcare professionals under the Health Insurance Portability and Liability Act, or HIPAA, which means that approved third-party health developers can comply with the rules governing how sensitive health information is shared.
Thursday's announcement was accompanied by the launch of half a dozen speech programs built by major healthcare professionals and companies such as the Boston Children's Hospital, the insurance giant Cigna and Livongo, helping users deal with chronic conditions.
The tools allow patients to use Alexa to access personal information such as surgical update updates, prescription supplies, and emergency centers, according to STAT News.
Amazon said Thursd ay that it expects other healthcare professionals to use HIPAA compatible software.
"Every day the developers invent with voice to create useful and practical experiences for their customers," wrote Amazon in a blog post.
"These new [Alexa] skills are designed to help customers cope with a variety of healthcare needs at home, just by voice, it says.
The announcement is Amazon's latest effort to enter the nation's 3.5 trillion dollar health market. [1