Amazon announced tuesday that it is partnering with drug management company Omnicell to introduce new Alexa features for people taking the drug,media outlet Neowin reported. To use the new features, users only need prescription details to set up medication alerts and request prescription supplements using voice.
Alexa’s new features have been available to Giant Eagle customers since Tuesday. Next year, Amazon plans to expand its new experience to other pharmacies, based on the pilot program’s experience.
Danny Sanchez, Vice President and General Manager of Population Health Solutions at Omnicell, said of the new feature:
“By integrating with Amazon Alexa, patients can manage their medications by simply using voice, providing greater independence for older people and providing the ultimate convenience, frictionless patient experience for everyone.” This new technology is just the beginning, as we will continue to identify the simple, easy-to-use pharmacy tasks that voice-driven devices can perform in the real world, keeping patients in the care center and simplifying pharmacy workflows. “
Users can activate new features by enabling Giant Eagle Pharmacy skills and linking their Alexa accounts. If the user has already created an Alexa voice profile, they must set a personal password to ensure security. Once set up, users can start asking Alexa to manage the drug and create reminders based on when they want to take it.