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Added 8 October, 2017

In Singapore, a health chatbot helps care for older adults

To aid staff members’ efficient allocation of appointments, and to help identify potential emergencies as early as possible, the Singapore Red Cross has begun working with a chatbot named Ella. Run via Facebook messenger, the chatbot checks in with participants in the organization’s Home Monitoring and Eldercare program. Every morning, Ella asks how each person is doing. If the answer is “not great,” she sends an automatic email alert to the Red Cross team so someone can attend in person. Ella can also provide personalized reminders, such as when to take medication and other home healthcare tasks. Having successfully completed a trial period in June 2017, the team plans to expand usage of the chatbot, including encouraging volunteers to sign up to the service.

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