Amazon Echo Alexa's new pharmacyfeature is expected to be particularly helpful to those who takemultiple medications daily, and to seniors still living at home andjuggling their own health care needs.

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After picking the first pharmacy to launch an effort to letpatients manage their medications with Alexa, Amazon has followedup with the launch of a medical transcription service.

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Modern Healthcare reports that after last week's announcementthat supermarket and pharmacy chain Giant Eagle is the commercegoliath's choice for initiation of the medication management systemvia Alexa. The collaboration between Amazon andmedication-management company Omnicell is one more step forward inAmazon's push into health care.

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Giant Eagle customers can now review current prescriptions, setreminders to take medications and request prescription refillsthrough the new Alexa application, after Amazon attributed itsdevelopment to customer feedback.

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Rachel Jiang, head of the Alexa health and wellness team atAmazon, wrote in a blog post, "We noticed a trend: many customerswere using Alexa to remind them to take medications on a regularbasis. We believe this new Alexa feature will help simplify the waypeople manage their medication by removing the need to continuouslythink about what medications they've taken that day or what theyneed to take."

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The new feature is expected to be particularly helpful to thosewho take multiple medications daily, and to seniors still living athome and juggling their own health care needs.

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This week's news of the launch of Transcribe Medical, is aimedat making clinical documentation more efficient. This feature is acollaboration with Cerner Corp., which "is using Transcribe Medicalto develop a digital voice scribe that can 'listen' in thebackground during a patient's visit and transcribephysician-patient conversations into text," according to ModernHealthcare.

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Cerner's end goal is the creation of a tool that will functionin the background to document notes automatically into itselectronic health record system. Jacob Geers, a solutionsstrategist at Cerner, says that the project is in the "initialdevelopment" stage.

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Since protected health information covered by HIPAA is part ofthe data that will be transcribed, the report says that TranscribeMedical customers will have to sign a business associate agreementwith Amazon Web Services, the company's cloud computing arm. Thoseagreements will, according to Amazon, require customers to encryptall protected health information when using AWS services.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.