Government announces people will be able to get expert health advice using Amazon Alexa devices, under a partnership with the NHS

The new partnership means voice assisted technology will help patients get professional, NHS-verified health information, just by asking.

The technology should be a particular help to the elderly, blind and those who cannot access the internet through traditional means.

Amazon’s algorithm uses information from the NHS website to provide answers to voice questions such as:

“Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?”, “ What are the symptoms of flu?”, “ Alexa, what are the symptoms of chickenpox”.

The scheme could reduce demand on the NHS.

There are already ways that The Internet of Things (IoT) is helping people manage their health today and anything that can aid people’s independence and help them stay safe is a positive.

However, whilst the initiative may allow people to access medical advice more quickly and easily there are concerns about the safety of data.

Read about the new initiative in full over on the GOV.UK website