Britain's National Health Service will partner with Amazon to provide health information through the tech giant's voice assistant Alexa, the country's Department of Health and Social Care said, Reuters reports.
The technology is aimed at helping patients - especially the elderly, blind and those unable to access the Internet through traditional means - to get NHS-verified health information quickly through voice commands.
Amazon’s algorithm uses information from the NHS website to provide answers to voice questions such as:
Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?”
Alexa, what are the symptoms of flu?”
Alexa, what are the symptoms of chickenpox”
Voice search has been increasing rapidly. By 2020, half of all searches are expected to be made through voice-assisted technology.