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Essentia Health offers new device to read prescriptions aloud

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When an electronic tag is scanned by a smartphone app or set on an accompanying device, the prescription is read aloud.

Essentia Health unveiled a free tool that reads prescription labels aloud.

The tool is intended to better serve patients with low vision. Called ScripTalk, it uses text-to-speech technology to verbalize prescription labels for patients who cannot otherwise read them.

It relies on an electronic tag that Essentia pharmacists program and place on the container. When the tag is scanned by a smartphone app or set on the ScripTalk device, the prescription is read aloud.

The text-to-speech technology can speak in 25 languages, according to Essentia.

It is free and available through Essentia pharmacies by pick-up, mail or delivery where available. Patients can ask their pharmacy to use ScripTalk and those requests can be made by phone, email or in person.

When needed, the pharmacy team will connect the patient with a ScripTalk representative, who will make sure the patient understands the app, Essentia Health stated. If the patient needs the device, called a Station Reader, ScripTalk will mail it to them at no charge and will check in every six months to see if the patient wants to continue using it or if they want to begin using the app.

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