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Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator

Leveraging voice technology to reach clinicians, patients, and families in new ways—delivering relevant information and support when needed most.

Project Overview

The Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) Voice in healthcare initiative is transforming the way technology interacts with healthcare. By combining the power of advanced voice-recognition technologies with the wealth of clinical resources at Boston Children’s Hospital, we are rethinking what it means to improve the quality of care for both patients and physicians.

In 2016, Boston Children’s Hospital launched the first healthcare skill for Amazon Alexa. The KidsMD skill allows parents to interact with any Alexa-enabled to access health advice about simple health conditions, like fever and Tylenol dosing.

Healthcare Context

Quality patient care ultimately relies on human interactions between patients and their care team. But behind the immediate healthcare team is a network of support systems and personnel that is crucial to informing the clinical decisions. As the scale of this network continues to grow, there is an increasing opportunity and need for technology to support the care team in order to help them do what they do best: provide the best possible care for their patients.

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