Starting Tuesday, Amazon’s robot assistant Alexa will be able to dispense medical advice, reports the University Herald.
According to Health Drive, more and more people are turning to online sources such as WebMD for their health questions. In fact, according to the 2012 Philips North America survey, almost half (49 percent) of Americans trust digital publications to learn about their ailments. Moreover, aside from Amazon Alexa, Google also plans to work with Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School to improve its symptom searches.
As clinical questions become more complicated, doctors start to push the public to do self-research. Also, Millennials love the “instant” nature and convenience of online medical search tools likeWebMD. Indeed, Amazon Alexa looks strong and may have a major advantage against its rival brands.
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