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Tech & Science Amazon Alexa is now going to start diagnosing and treating your health conditions

13:17  10 july  2019
13:17  10 july  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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amazon has teamed up with the UK national healthcare insurance (NHS) to offer patients diagnosis and treatment recommendations through its alexa devices. with white noise. the NHS has committed to a long-term plan, which aims to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes in an effort

Amazon Alexa is now going to start diagnosing and treating your health conditions Amazon's Alexa could help to solve common health issues.

    Amazon has teamed up with the UK National Healthcare Service to offer people health advice through its Alexa devices, in what is being described as a "world-first" collaboration.

    According to the British government, users will be able to ask Alexa simple questions such as "How do I treat a migraine?" or "What are the symptoms of flu?" - an algorithm will then search the NHS website and respond with recommendations.

    The hope is that this new service will help the elderly or blind patients who cannot access the internet through traditional means. The NHS is also hoping that it will reduce the pressure on its doctors by providing patients with information for common illnesses.

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    amazon alexa will start diagnosing and treating health conditions . amazon ’s full explanation reads as follows: ‘echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘ alexa .’ then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. at which point, alexa said out

    But critics say that there are potential downsides to this new service. First and foremost, it could create data issues.

    "It's a data protection disaster waiting to happen," Silkie Carlo, director of civil liberty group Big Brother Watch, told the BBC. "Healthcare is made inaccessible when trust and privacy is stripped away, and that's what this terrible plan would do."

    In a statement to The Times, a spokesperson for Amazon said the company would not share user information with any third parties or use it to build a profile of its customers.

    But Amazon's Alexa device has previously come under scrutiny for privacy reasons. Some users found that their personal conversations had been recorded and then forwarded on to friends in error. And in April, Bloomberg reported that Amazon workers had been listening back to recordings and mocking them online.

    This isn't the only time the Alexa device has been put to use for medical purposes, however. In June, Business Insider reported that the University of Washington is developing new AI technology that could be used on Alexa to detect whether someone is having a heart attack by listening out for unique sounds.

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