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Alexa, how can you help people living with diabetes?

Health, Open Innovation

As voice recognition technology (VRT) becomes a part of everyday life, healthcare companies have a new role to play. This week, Merck announced a new program with Amazon to explore how digital tools like Alexa can support people with chronic disease. To get started, Merck will focus on diabetes, which currently impacts 415 million people around the world. As part of the program, we’re powering an open innovation challenge: Can you create Alexa skills to help people living with diabetes?

Over the next 4 years, Amazon will sell an estimated 113 million Amazon Echo devices. It will be up to developers to imagine and build clever ways to use it. Uses will soon go far beyond turning on lights or calling an Uber, and will venture deeper into healthcare, helping people better manage treatments and communicate with caregivers. From reminding people of their nutrition plans to scheduling their insulin dosages, the Merck-sponsored Alexa challenge will call on developers to push the boundaries of voice technology for people with diabetes.  

Are you an expert in Alexa skills? We’re talking with developers and other VRT experts to help shape the challenge. We will be at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference (HIMSS) through Wednesday, February 22 at the Amazon Web Services Booth #6969. If you are attending, we would love to chat about this program, or email us at hello@alexadiabeteschallenge.com and we can set up time to connect.

Also, sign up here to be the first to hear about challenge details.

Image source: Flickr user Pierre Lecourt