How Google Is Trying To Provide Access To Reliable Medical Advice

How Google Is Trying To Provide Access To Reliable Medical Advice

A Google search could soon put you in touch with a vetted healthcare professional

Ivanha Paz
  • 22 june 2016

Google is trying to make our lives easier, capitalizing on one important insight: one percent of all Google searches—”think millions!” they said in their announcement blog—are related to medical symptoms. The problem is that reading through all those results is never that helpful: too much information, complicated terms, and most of the time we end up convinced we have a rare life-threatening disease when we don’t.

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So, the multinational web search giant, has taken matters into its own hands in collaboration with a team of doctors from Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic. In the coming days, mobile symptom searches will yield a list of possible conditions along with information, self-treatment options, and of course, a recommended visit to the doctor if necessary.

Google does not want to be a substitute for professional medical advice, but it does want to save its users unnecessary stress and anxiety when suffering from minor conditions.


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