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UI developing smart healthcare technology

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- Research being done at the UI could bring healthcare into your home through smart speakers.

Devices like Amazon Echo are the wave of the future, but now they could help diagnose those who are sick. It sounds like something out of a futuristic movie.

The idea is to speak directly into your device about your symptoms. Then, a doctor would relay medical advice to you. Researchers say it would also cut down on healthcare costs.

They say, if you were able to find out what you had from the comfort of your own home, then you wouldn't have to go to the doctor.

Amazon announced plans to make its way into the world of healthcare last week, but the UI has been working on an app and devices to make it a reality. Researchers say it would also be beneficial for seniors.

Researchers are working with hospitals and other facilities on some test models. The research is going a step further with connections which could check your vital signs and give doctors blood pressure readings. The plan is for these to be available in the next year.

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