Whether they’re used at home or at work, smart speakers help millions receive news headlines, play music or make to-do lists — just by saying a few simple words.  Increasingly, the technology is being used in healthcare settings to empower patients and ease workflows for clinicians and caretakers. Based on how its device is configured, a hospitalized patient may ask a smart speaker to turn on the television or contact a nurse for help getting up to use the restroom. An elderly user might opt to receive daily reminders to take an important medication.  Beyond aiding in simple tasks, the tools have greater power: One study cited at the LeadingAge 2019 conference found depression scores of older residents who used smart speakers in a senior care setting dropped by 44 percent over a six-month period.  By querying Amazon Echo Dots on details ranging from bingo times to dinner menus, users get “a little more of their independence back,” a Minnesota senior ­living administrator told LeadingAge attendees in October.

Source/more:  Health Tech