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Boosting the Virtual Tide

No matter how far we reach, human beings must continue to look for a way forward. It’s the case, because by doing so, we give ourselves the best possible shot at becoming sustainably better over time. Now, when that’s the dynamic you are playing with, you can very well expect some really interesting by-products to emerge from the shadows. We have witnessed a ton of these by-products under real-world circumstances, and yet despite the high volume in play here, we haven’t quite witnessed anything like technology so far. Technology appears as such an anomaly due to more reasons than you can imagine. For instance, we often mention how the creation’s unique skill-set has made life easier across so many areas, but what we don’t talk about enough is technology enabling us to further build upon those breakthroughs. This particular element would, in fact, elevate us beyond all expectations, and the biggest beneficiary of that will be the global healthcare sector. You see, with advanced medical methodologies running the show, the sector was quick to achieve a completely rejuvenated image among general public. Notably, it didn’t just stop there, but instead, the sector has continued to back the changing landscape through constant innovation, and a recent collaboration suggests that there still might be a lot left in store for us.

Teladoc Health and Amazon have officially entered into a strategic partnership, which is structured around empowering the former in regards to offering voice-activated, 24/7 non-emergency medical care. According to certain reports, Teladoc will use Echo devices such as Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show, to put instant virtual care at its customers’ disposal. The concept will get up and running once the person makes a request like, let’s say, “Alexa, I want to talk to a doctor”. After the request is heard, Amazon Alexa will connect you to a dedicated Teladoc call center. As far as costs are concerned, they’ll be largely dependent on your insurance status. While people with insurance don’t have to pay anything at all, the ones without it can expect to bear a fee worth $75.

Over the recent past, more and more medical institutions have bought into Amazon Alexa. Several big hospitals, including Cedars-Sinai and Boston Children’s already use the technology to enhance the quality of care for their patients, so Teladoc joining the pack will only bolster this virtual care revolution. Apart from playing a significant role in the said setting, Alexa is also spearheading the development of applications, which you can use to either get timely health-related reminders or become more educated about your body through relevant answers.

“We’re excited to work with Teladoc Health to offer our customers an easy, hands-free way to connect with a doctor,” said Debra Chrapaty, vice president and chief operating officer at Amazon Alexa. “Whether they’re taking care of their sick child in the middle of the night or wanting to ask a doctor about allergy symptoms in between meetings during the day, we hope this experience will help customers find the convenient help they want from the comfort of their own”

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