Mercy’s new hands-free Amazon Alexa scheduling tool has made long phone waits for patients a thing of the past. This story is part of 417 Magazine’s list of Top Doctors, as nominated by their peers, and they represent the best in medical and surgical care across 77 categories. It’s the call of liberated voice search users everywhere: “Hey, Alexa!” Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated smart speaker and search system, has revolutionized mundane tasks. The unobtrusive speaker is an exceptionally good listener, able to recite the weather forecast, read a recipe and even play the latest Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin album with a simple verbal request.  Now, Alexa can even help those in southwest Missouri schedule a doctor’s visit. The Mercy team recently launched an Amazon Alexa skill that allows users to download an easy-to-use function for their individual Alexa system. From there, users can find physicians using Alexa’s hands-free voice technology, even receiving a handy text message with links to Mercy clinician profiles and an online scheduling link. Mercy launched the project with the help of VoiceXP, a St. Louis voice marketing agency, and developers at Mercy Technol...