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Estimated emergency wait times now on Amazon’s Alexa

Alberta Health Services is the first public health care authority in Canada to offer estimated emergency department wait times through Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant Alexa.
Once the AHS Alexa Skill is installed on a mobile device and connected to an Amazon Echo product, the user can say simple phrases such as, “Alexa, ask AHS for emergency department wait times,” or, “Alexa, ask AHS for latest news.”
Alexa can provide estimated emergency department wait times for hospitals in Edmonton and Calgary, for urgent care centres in the Calgary zone, as well as for Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge.
Alexa can also provide up-to-date Alberta Health Services information and news.
Albertans can also access up-to-the-minute wait times at specific emergency departments 24 hours a day, seven days a week at ahs.ca/waittimes or through the AHS mobile app.
Any patient with a potentially life-threatening condition should immediately phone 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency department, regardless of estimated wait times.

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