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Enabling Voice-First Solutions that Engage and Drive Results

Voice Assistants Working with Mobile Apps

Jul 06, 2017 By Bill Rogers IN IoT, IN apps, IN amazon alexa, IN voice assistants, IN Voice technology, IN Voice Experiences, IN Google Home, IN Mobile Apps

Over the last two years we’ve experienced the impact of voice assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home, which are providing a new channel for users to engage with their favorite applications such as the news, weather, sports, Wikipedia, Uber, Spotify, and Fitbit.  The internet of things (IoT) is enabling voice assistance to be embedded in products and is providing an easier way to engage...

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Is Your Web Content Voice Ready?

The Voice Experience Takes Off

Voice recognition has been around for a long time – since the early 1950’s, when initial systems could recognize spoken numbers – but it’s really only in the past few years, with the advent of voice assistants, that we’ve really seen the power and potential of the voice technology taking off.  And taking off it is, through voice experiences in which humans...

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Which Alexa device is right for home healthcare?

Jun 16, 2017 By Bill Cava IN Healthcare, IN home care, IN amazon alexa, IN amazon echo

Since Alexa (Amazon’s voice control system) and Echo (Amazon’s first Alexa-driven device) were brought out late in 2014, Amazon introduced a number of different members to the Alexa device family. This can make for some confusion. ZDNet had a recent article that asked the question “Which Alexa is right for you?” that’s aimed at consumers. We thought we’d take things one step further and look...

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Echo Show: the power of show and tell

Amazon’s recent announcement of Echo Show – a touchscreen device with Alexa voice technology built in – got a generally favorable reception, but in that reception I observed two things:

  1. The focus on Echo Show’s video calling capabilities (often to the exclusion of all else).
  2. The immediate comparisons asking the question, "how is it any different than iPad with Siri?"

In other words, what’s...

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New Voice Technology Worth Speaking To

If you needed proof that voice technology is hot, look no further than the number of new product offerings launching in the next few months.

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HIMSS17 - The Latest In Digital Healthcare Technology

It’s hard to sum up HIMSS17 – the healthcare IT conference held last month in Orlando – in just one blogpost, but (thanks to the articles linked here), we’ll give it a try.

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The Power of Voice Part 2: How Voice Assistants Can Improve Healthcare Outcomes

Part 1 "The Power of Voice Experiences for Elderly in Home Healthcare" outlines the differnt voice technologies available and how they can help with the elderly and home healthcare. 

Digital technology holds great promise for delivering improved health outcomes. That promise is, of course, already being realized. For just one “proof point:” three years ago, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...

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The Power of Voice Experiences for Elderly in Home Healthcare

Feb 08, 2017 By Bill Cava IN connected home, IN Healthcare, IN home care, IN connected health, IN voice assistants

It’s no secret that the US population is aging. According to the Population Research Bureau projections made in 2016, the number of Americans who are 65 and old will more than double by 2060. At the point, the proportion of elders will near 24%. As the population grows older, there’s increasing interest in assistive technologies that will enable the elderly to maintain good health, stay out of...

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Health Insurance Companies Are Betting Big on Health Care IoT

Jan 25, 2017 By Bill Rogers IN IoT, IN Healthcare, IN Health, IN connected health, IN Health Insurance

Aside from health care consumers and providers, nobody may be more affected by technology in health care than the health insurance companies and other third-party payers of health care. To that end, they are making significant investments directly into health care IoT (Internet of Things) technology companies, and other digital health care players such as application developers.

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Reducing Alert Fatigue in Healthcare by Engaging the At-Home Care Team

One of the by-products of the increasing use of technology in healthcare is that there are more and more alerts being sent to care providers. These range from automatic “drug safety alerts” sent to clinicians each time they prescribe a drug via a Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) system, to patient monitoring deployed in a hospital setting, to systems used in the home to do everything...

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