Improving access to Parkinson’s disease resources on Amazon’s Alexa

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Author: Simge Eva DoganPublished: 29 October 2020

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US non-profit Parkinson’s Foundation has announced a new partnership with Amazon’s smart speaker Alexa to help more people access resources related to Parkinson’s disease.

As part of the collaboration, Alexa-enabled devices will answer questions about Parkinson’s disease in English and Spanish, citing sources from the Parkinson’s Foundation. The educational initiative is aimed at people with the condition, their care partners, family and friends and health professionals – and will help them find information on topics including Covid-19 and Parkinson’s, symptoms and early signs of the condition, and more.

John L Lehr, president and CEO of the Parkinson’s Foundation, said: “We are thrilled to work with Amazon to move into this exciting world of smart speakers to help even more people gain access to the information about Parkinson’s disease they need most. Our hope is that this partnership will help us further reach and better support the Parkinson’s disease community throughout every stage of their journey.”


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