UK health service signs up Amazon
'Alexa, my head hurts'
The state-run health system's tie-up with the US-based technology giant drew praise from overworked doctors and professionals weary of bad medical advice proliferating online.
How it will work
Amazon said it began updating its Echo smart speakers to search NHS websites for medical answers at the start of the week.
The UK health department said it expected half of all symptom checks and other medical queries to be made through voice-assisted technology by next year.
It added that the new and more reliable service would be especially helpful to the elderly and the blind.
Some like it
"However, it is vital that independent research is done to ensure that the advice given is safe," Royal College of GPs chairwoman Helen Stokes-Lampard said.
"Otherwise it could prevent people seeking proper medical help and create even more pressure on our overstretched GP service."