Last Updated on 22/11/2021 by Sanskriti
Today the company has announced that soon they will be launching the Alexa services. Two new projects that incorporate Alexa into hospitals and senior living facilities. They’re managed by Alexa Smart Properties, which allows businesses to manage a single Alexa system.
The global leader for Alexa smart properties, Liron Torres said in an interview with ‘The Verge’ said, Hospitals wanted to contact patients without wearing protective gear, while senior living homes wanted to connect residents with family and staff. “Early on in the pandemic, hospitals and senior living communities reached out to us and asked us to help them set up Alexa and voice in their communities,” she further added.
Many institutions used printed sheets of paper pushed under patient doors to indicate updates in protocols, such as around meals or quarantines, during the COVID-19 epidemic. Senior care facilities can utilize Amazon Echo devices to transmit announcements or other communications to residents’ rooms through the program. With the help of Alexa service, “Staff can be more available for other tasks,” also the staff can send messages to all the rooms at the same time, she said.
Residents may also make calls to relatives and friends using Alexa without having to rely on a service person. Approved contacts would be allowed to phone in via Alexa as well. When residents and family members arrive, the institution might allow them to phone a list of allowed contacts.
Eskaton (California-based) and Atria ( which is nationwide) Atria (a global senior living community network) are both introducing Alexa to some of their facilities, according to Amazon. Amazon wouldn’t reveal how much the programme costs these businesses.
Torres says, “This enables hospitals to increase productivity and be able to save on medical supplies.” Alexa’s smart features can help patients to ask questions, also the nurses can keep an eye on the patient’s health if someone is not feeling well and this could be done with the help of calling and intercom-Esque drop-in features in Alexa.
To avoid drop-ins, patients can set their phones to “do not disturb,” suggests Torres.
According to Amazon, Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Florida’s BayCare Health System, and Houston Methodist Hospital will all be integrating Alexa into their facilities.