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Virtually Speaking

A Glimpse at Life with a Virtual Health Assistant

Posted by Mitch Lawrence on Jul 15, 2014 1:35:30 PM

 

As anyone who remembers what it was like to operate a computer before the advent of the mouse will tell you, it’s easier to use our digital devices than it used to be. As design becomes more intuitive, machines are able to benefit us in new ways, and nowhere does the simplification of human/machine interaction hold more potential for improving lives than in the field of healthcare.

We live in an age where many diseases can be successfully treated, but problems like the failure of patients to take their meds as prescribed or refill their prescriptions when they run out mean that many people aren’t as healthy as they could be. Physicians, who are too busy to spend more than a few minutes with patients a year, don’t have time to provide the coaching that could help patients take better care of themselves.

Alme for Healthcare is a platform designed to extend physicians’ ability to provide personalized care while improving patients’ ability to manage their own health – a skill that’s increasingly necessary as patients become the primary stakeholders in their wellness. An Alme for Healthcare VHA (Virtual Health Assistant) integrates seamlessly into a patient’s day, empowering them to live healthier lives by providing encouragement through a difficult behavior change, increasing adherence with medication reminders, providing information about a treatment and even letting people know when a conversation with their doctor is in order.

VHAs connect with people seamlessly and naturally to help them stay healthy – and using one is as simple as having a conversation.

Check out the video above to get an idea of what a day in the life of a patient interacting with a VHA might look like.

Topics: Healthcare, Intelligent Virtual Assistants (IVA), Patient Engagement, User Experience, Natural Language Processing