Amazon cuts Alexa’s health capabilities


Amazon has ended its support for its HIPAA-compliant Alexa health tool, Modern Healthcare reported.

  • Amazon rolled out the tools on Alexa in 2019, offering applications with a collection of hospitals, as well as telehealth company Teladoc Health and pharmacy benefits management company Express Scripts. 
  • The application allowed users to check the status of prescription refills, ask about their last blood-sugar reading, or even book a telemedicine appointment. Amazon has said all data will be deleted by the end of next week, per Modern Healthcare.

The big picture: Amid tech’s biggest slump in two decades, companies are tightening their belts and decreasing investments in secondary devices and voice assistants, Axios’ Peter Allen Clark recently reported.

Be smart: Amazon isn’t going anywhere when it comes to health care, but it is making some strategic cuts as it maneuvers the current economic environment, as evidenced by its acquisition of One Medical followed by its shuttering of Amazon Care.

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