Following Apple's results in monitoring heart beat irregularities with their Apple watch as highlighted in the recent post by Jon Bircher, Amazon is following suit with Alexa in digital health.
It should come as no surprise that amazon is moving into digital health, and Alexa is an obvious choice to make health data more accessible for patients.
However, privacy concerns surround digital assistants like Alexa, and it is encouraging to see that Amazon is taking these concerns seriously and ensuring HIPAA compliance.
This is a first glimpse into Amazon's ambitions in this space and we hope to see more in the future.
Amazon said it had committed to protect personal health information according to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, which protects the privacy of medical records. Alexa’s health and wellness team had been working to obtain HIPAA compliance for months.