New update enables Amazon Echo to advise you on your kids health

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Amazon has added another new skill to its smart digital assistant, this new skill added could potentially prove to be a life-saver someday. The skill was announced by, Boston Children’s Hospital for Alexa powered devices, such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, and Fire TV. Called the ‘KidsMD’, this software was developed at the Boston Children’s Hospital by its Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) team. ‘KidsMD’ helps parents to decide whether their kids needs to be taken to the hospital to see the doctor from common ailments, such as headaches, fever, fatigue etc and can also offer medication guidelines based on the child’s profile such as age and weight.

“The KidsMD skill makes it easier to access medical information from Boston Children’s Hospital,” says Rob Pulciani, Amazon Alexa Director to Eurekalert. “We’re thrilled to be working with Boston Children’s on such a unique and valuable skill. We now have over 500 Alexa skills, and we’re looking forward to adding more important skills like this for our customers.”

Activating Amazon’s intelligent assistant still remains the same via the Alexa app, all you need do is start a question; “Alexa, ask KidsMD” and the the new feature is activated. After which questions can be asked about fever or other ailments. “We eventually intend to enable Alexa to give broader kinds of health care information via KidsMD, but we’re starting with symptoms that are of common concern to parents,” says Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer Dr. John Brownstein.

Getting advice from the internet especially when it relates to health could be misleading a times because a particular symptom could be the same for different diseases, that’s why users are advised to exercise caution when taking advice provided by the technology. The KidsMD feature “is intended to provide general guidance and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment”. Also to ensure things remain safe, Boston Children’s Hospital still calls on parents to phone the hospital if they’re worried about their child’s health.

Amazon is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest internet based retailer in the US, which started as an online bookstore and diversified to sales of DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, software, video games, toys and so much more. They produce consumer electronics like Fire tablets, Fire TV, Fire phones, Amazon kindle e-book reader and it is the world’s largest provider of cloud infrastructure service (laaS). It’s product the Amazon Echo is a wireless speaker and voice command device. The device responds to the name “Alexa”; this “wake word” can be changed by the user to either “Amazon” or “Echo”. The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control several smart devices.

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