Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant that powers the Echo, Dot and Tap is unstoppable. It’s not just an overhyped gizmo with limited capabilities – it has over 3,000 skills that are actually useful. Several companies have already integrated with Alexa – from the world of entertainment, smart home technology, cars and health to name a few.
It’s true, Alexa seem to nurture our laziness with its capability of managing many aspects of our lives with just our voice. No need to walk around and switch off every light in the house. No need to get out of bed to adjust the thermostat. No need to go to your computer to get certain information. You can just sit, relax and ask Alexa to do it for you. Just like a real personal assistant who is available anytime and anywhere. But aside from its capability to simplify lives, it has a great potential and future in the healthcare industry; and Amazon CEO thinks so too.
“I think health care is going to be one of those industries that is elevated and made better by machine learning and artificial intelligence and I actually think Echo and Alexa do have a role to play in that,” Bezos said last year.
Although Amazon hasn’t rolled out specific plans for the healthcare industry yet, but at the moment, Alexa already has a number of skills that can help you manage your health.
1. “Alexa, remind me to take my medicine at 8:00 am and 6:00 pm every day.”
Create reminders on your Echo to get notifications from Alexa when it’s time to take your medicines. This is very helpful for aging adults or patients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
2. “Alexa, tell Food Tracker that I ate 15 almonds.”
For dieters who keep track of what they eat every day, you can use the Food Tracker skill to look up nutrition information or log in your food intake with just your voice.
3. “Alexa, tell My Therapist I feel sad.”
I think that this is a great tool for people dealing with non-clinical mental health issues. Of course, mental health patients need to seek professional help and treatment. But sometimes, we just need a little dose of encouragement to tackle the worries of everyday life.
4. “Alexa, tell Marvee to check on me.”
This skill is helpful for family caregivers, elderlies or just anyone hindered by limited vision, mobility or aging challenges. You can use this skill to inform family members that you are ok or when you need help.
5. “Alexa, ask Fitbit how I slept last night.”
If you own a Fitbit, you can keep track of your progress and fitness goals with just your voice. No need to open the app or pull up your Fitbit data from the computer.
6. “Alexa, ask Period Tracker when does my fertile window start.”
No need to check the calendar and manually track your period. Family planning just got easier when you can track your period with just your voice.
7. “Alexa, ask Slow Carb Checker if I can eat apples”
Are you on a slow carb diet but not sure if a certain food is allowed or not? You don’t have to search it on your computer. Just simply ask Alexa through the Slow Carb Checker skill.
8. “Alexa, ask Kids M.D. about dosing.”
This is such a helpful skill for parents to seek information about dosing or common symptoms. Not sure if your child’s fever is alarming? Just ask Alexa. Not sure about the right dosage? Ask Alexa. This comes handy when you have too much in your hands or too busy taking care of your child to call someone for advice or check the internet for information.