Staff Reporter –
Apollo Hospitals, the largest and most trusted healthcare provider in India, has announced the launch of their Amazon Alexa Skill – Ask Apollo. Apollo Hospitals Group has always been at the forefront of adopting latest technology to make healthcare more accessible and with this latest digital initiative, Apollo Hospitals has enabled users to find the nearest Apollo Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and book appointments with doctors of their choice using simple voice commands. The Ask Apollo skill, developed by MobiSprint Consulting, would provide users access to over 5,000 super-specialty and multispecialty doctors spread across 72 Apollo Hospitals throughout the country. The skill would also enable users to choose their preferred Apollo clinics and access to over 3,500 pharmacies, covering the largest geographical reach in the country. Once enabled, the skill would allow users to interact with Apollo Hospitals through voice commands on all Echo range of devices such as Amazon Echo Show, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot as well as Alexa built-in devices. The skill can also be accessed via the Alexa app available on iOS and Android. Users can simply say, “Alexa, open Apollo” “Alexa, ask Apollo to find me a doctor for consultation” “Alexa, ask Apollo to book an appointment” “Alexa, ask Apollo to find me a surgeon” “Alexa, ask Apollo to book an appointment with Family Physician” “The mass adoption of artificial intelligence in the lives of people has fuelled the shift towards voice applications and the number of IoT devices have given voice assistants more utility in a connected user’s life. With our Alexa skill, Apollo Hospitals has become the first and largest healthcare group in India to power voice-assisted hospital search and appointment booking. We will be adding more features to the skill in the near future,” said Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group. The integration of Apollo Hospitals experience with Amazon Alexa would also help users to schedule consultation on the basis of doctor name and specialty; search nearby hospitals, clinics and pharmacies, thereby avoiding the hassle of calling the call centre or travelling to the hospital to book an appointment.