It remains a fact that most businesses recognize that technology and continuous technological development are top-priority. The tech development competition is a two-edged sword because while certain industry competitors want to out advance each other, consumer choice and access flourishes.
This is becoming increasingly apparent in healthcare software development. While the healthcare industry has been implementing diverse technical solutions, custom software for healthcare industry integration is becoming a competitive battleground. And, sure enough, where there’s market competition, Amazon will be there to be the bully on the playground.
“Alexa, analyze my blood test.” It seems like a jump, but baby steps always come first. It could be on the menu in the future because Amazon’s voice assistant is learning the ropes in the medical world. The company recently announced that it would be sending exclusive invites to tech companies to develop HIPAA compliant healthcare skills for Alexa.
It’s no secret that Amazon has been posturing themselves to make moves in the healthcare sector, but this bit of software integration is the first of its kind. You can imagine the miles of red tape, as the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act doesn’t mess around when it comes to the private medical data of Americans. What this means is that voice-app developers who are subject to HIPAA standards are able to develop sensitive healthcare-related skills for Alexa.
These skills are targeted at healthcare app development and making Alexa a viable and useable industry solution. Of course, this is still budding, but Amazon is nothing if not thorough.
“Developers accepted into the program will be able to use the Alexa Skills Kit, which now supports skills that are able to transmit and receive protected health information,” TechCrunch reports.
Alexa stands to change the face of healthcare app development, but people aren’t without understandable discomfort and skepticism. The tech industry hasn’t had a great run in recent years with keeping data secure, so managing sensitive medical information on Alexa has many people ill-at-ease. Others are tangibly excited about the prospect.
“We began this journey with one of the first Amazon Alexa skills from a hospital four years ago and are thrilled to participate in the initial launch of Amazon Alexa’s HIPAA-eligible service for developers,” said John Brownstein, the chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Still in its infancy, as healthcare app development on all platforms continues, the future of healthcare technology is going to look vastly different day by day.