Dr. Alexa is Now Doing House Calls

Dr. Alexa is Now Doing House Calls

Amazon’s Alexa will soon give medical advice to people in the UK. Would you ask Alexa for medical advice?

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Total Votes : 13

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Britain’s health care services wants to make getting answers for simple medical questions easier for their citizens. They’ve teamed up with Amazon Alexa to be able to ask questions like, “Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?” or “Alexa, what are the symptoms of chickenpox?” This feature would be especially helpful for the elderly or for people with disabilities to get quick medical information.

“The public need to be able to get reliable information about their health easily and in ways they actually use. By working closely with Amazon and other tech companies, big and small, we can ensure that the millions of users looking for health information every day can get simple, validated advice at the touch of a button or voice command,” Matthew Gould, Chief Executive of NHSX, said.

According to the Department of Health and Social Care, by 2020 most searches are expected to be made through voice-assisted technology.

With Alexa’s recent privacy issues, some people are worried about their data privacy. Eva Blum-Dumontet, a researcher at Privacy International said, “Amazon is a company with a worrying track record when it comes to the way they handle their users’ data.”

This year, Amazon was sued by two cases claiming the company kept recordings of minors without consent from their parents, according to the New York Post. The cases say the company is collecting “a massive database of billions of voice recordings containing the private details of millions of Americans” and using it “for its own commercial benefit.”

Recently, Amazon admitted that employees listen to private conversations through Alexa. They claimed that it “helps us train our speech recognition and natural language understanding systems, so Alexa can better understand you requests, and ensure the service works well for everyone.”

The UK National Health Services hopes that teaming up with Alexa will provide convenience for their citizens and relieve some pressure on doctors. An Amazon representative said to The Times that they would not share any information or build a database.

“We want to empower every patient to take better control of their healthcare and technology like this is a great example of how people can access reliable, world-leading NHS advice from the comfort of their home, reducing the pressure on our hardworking GPs and pharmacists,” Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said.

Is convenience worth less privacy?


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Amazon’s Alexa will soon give medical advice to people in the UK. Would you ask Alexa for medical advice?

Totals
24% I would
76% Never
Males
24% I would
76% Never
Females
25% I would
75% Never

I would

Never


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