There are certain illnesses that require a person to take medication on a scheduled and consistent basis. Failing to do so could result in rather severe consequences, but given that we are all busy with our own lives, we can be forgetful, but that’s something that Amazon is hoping to help with.
In a partnership with Omnicell, it seems that Amazon’s Alexa will now be able to remind users to take their medication, and where it will even be able to refill your prescriptions for you when you run low. Users will need to link their pharmacy account to Alexa in which it will then be able to base these reminders and refills on, and if you’re unsure of how much you need to take, you can even ask Alexa about it.
It sounds like it would be an immensely useful feature to have and if you’re worried about privacy, it seems that your privacy is protected by using Alexa’s voice profile and a personal passcode, which will then only allow access to the data, so it’s not as if anyone can view it. Also, interactions with the pharmacy are redacted which in turn further reduces the amount of information that can be gleaned by an outsider.
At the moment, this new feature will only be available to Giant Eagle Pharmacy customers, but there are plans to include more pharmacies in the future.