People who turn to WebMD in their quest for health information can now do so without lifting a finger – they can use their voice, through a new integration with Amazon Alexa.
As of today, people who use the voice-assistant service can launch the WebMD skill on any Alexa-enabled device (such as the Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV) and ask a question about a range of health-related topics including conditions, medication, tests and treatments. Alexa will respond with WebMD-sourced answers in easy-to-understand language.
“Every month, nearly one-third of the total online U.S. population turns to WebMD’s websites and apps in search of answers to their health-related questions, but now they have another option – and it’s as simple as asking Alexa,” WebMD Vice President Ben Greenberg, whose product team developed the new voice capabilities, said in a statement. “There are a number of reasons that voice-enabled interfaces are growing in popularity – they are generally hands-free, people can talk faster than they type, and when done right, they make it easier for consumers to quickly and easily get to the information they need.”
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