New voices at patients’ bedsides: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple

devices, manufactured by Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and others, are now making deeper inroads into patient care. Hospitals are exploring new uses in intensive care units and surgical recovery rooms, and contemplating a future in which Alexa, or another voice avatar, becomes a virtual member of the medical team — monitoring doctor-patient interactions, suggesting treatment approaches, or even alerting caregivers to voice changes that could be an early warning of a health emergency.

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Brenna Sorkin
Your Health Data Are a Gold Mine for Advertisers

“Hospitals across the nation are piloting voice-enabled smart speakers in patients’ rooms, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Boston Children’s Hospital. These institutions are hoping that smart speakers will make patients more comfortable, help staff stay organized, and, in some cases, keep people out of hospitals and emergency rooms altogether.”

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Leila Amerling
30 rising stars in healthcare IT

A new wave of younger healthcare IT executives are rising up to take on leadership roles in the industry. Here’s a glimpse of some of the new rising stars in healthcare information technology who are likely to guide the industry over the next 10 to 20 years.

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Brenna Sorkin
The Future Of Voice AI In Patient Care

Voice-driven artificial intelligence (AI) can help cure the time shortage on both ends of the spectrum. For patients, interactive voice apps can inform and teach better than the current system of handouts, pamphlets, and self-driven research on sites like WebMD. For doctors, voice apps can improve on old dictation systems, take direction to complete tasks like recording notes, and ease the complex process of billing.

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Leila Amerling
Patients and Providers Turn to Voice Technology in Healthcare

“Voice technology — more properly referred to as voice-first technology — is exploding,” says Bradley Metrock, CEO of Score Publishing, the Nashville, Tennessee-based organizer of the Alexa Conference, a gathering of developers and enthusiasts in the voice community. “We've seen a glimpse of the future, and voice in healthcare will be a growing area of emphasis for years to come.”

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Brenna Sorkin