We took a look at the top skills that describe themselves as “health care” in honor of Amazon announcing their foray into health care via Amazon.care. Based on the number of reviews, it is helpful to have the reach of a well recognized brand to push for skill adoption. The random reviews show that these skills are very much appreciated by users and provide great value to users.
We still don’t know the role Alexa will play in Amazon.care and whether existing skills will be leveraged. I wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon looked at what works and what doesn’t when it developed a voice interface for its health care services. Special shout-out to Wildflower’s Family Tracker for being a particularly innovative use of voice in this space.
Zyrtec – Your Daily AllergyCast by Johnson & Johnson – 4 out of 5, 307 ratings, 46 reviews
Plan for the day with your AllergyCast® report. This real-feel forecast contains weather, pollen count and predominant allergens for your area. Most importantly, it contains your Allergy Impact score, letting you know how that day’s allergens may make you feel! Track how you feel over time and learn what’s making you sneeze.
Random review: Helped me to figure out what I’m allergic to by telling me which pollens were high on days I felt bad (5 out of 5)
CorConsult Rx by CorConsult Rx – 5 out of 5, 5 reviews
A brief review of clinical trials, new medications, and evidence-based medicine. The content is meant for pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and healthcare professional students.
Random review: Great brief and updated topic discussions. (5 out of 5)
VCA Animal Hospitals by VCA, INC. – 4.8 out of 5, 10 ratings, 5 reviews
The VCA skill gives pet owners easy access to their pet’s healthcare reminders and the ability to book appointments at their VCA Animal Hospital.
Random review: This brings tech for my pet’s health to a whole new level, and is exactly what I pictured having a digital/virtual assistant would be useful for. Incredibly easy to book an appointment for my pets through voice commands, and even find out when and which vaccines they are due for! (5 out of 5)
Michigan Medicine News Break by Michigan Medicine – 4.7 out of 5, 5 reviews
These daily briefing gives an insider’s perspective on cutting-edge research news, practical health information, and inspiring stories of survival and overcoming incredible odds with the help of the Leaders & Best at Michigan Medicine, one of the nation’s best hospitals and the academic medical center of the University of Michigan.
Random review: Very short, but interesting! I would love for these to have a little more info, but it is still interesting and it does seem to update with new content each day. (5 out of 5)
Hospital for Special Surgery by Hospital for Special Surgery – 4 out of 5, 8 ratings, 7 reviews
Use this skill to learn about orthopedic conditions and treatments, HSS locations, as well as how to request an appointment.
Random review: I was able to ask “Did I pinch a nerve in my back?” and the skill told me about some of the symptoms and then asked me if I wanted to make an appointment at HSS. (5 out of 5)
Keck Medicine of USC by UnitedHealthcare – 5 out of 5, 6 ratings, 3 reviews
The Keck Medicine of USC skill is available for new and current patients and includes searching for a provider, searching for a facility, searching for a healthcare term, and checking healthcare symptoms.
Random review: So easy to use and intuitive!I love how this can answer my health questions. (5 out of 5)
Family Health by Wildflower by Wildflower Health Inc – 5 out of 5, 3 reviews
Busy parents, parents-to-be and families can use this skill to complete tasks for:
– Weight and weight gain
– Infant feeding and breastfeeding
– Diaper tracker (time, consistency, and even color!)
Random review: The process of enabling the skills was fast and easy. I love the ability to use the trackers with simple voice commands (5 out of 5)