Google rolls out health ‘Symptom Search’

In its efforts to improve the quality of search results and to make it easier for patients to understand medical symptoms, Google has tied up with Apollo Hospital to roll out a new feature called ‘Symptom Search’.

With the latest feature update, users can now find quality information around various medical symptoms, right on their mobile devices.

Starting this week, Google will be adding information about commonly searched symptoms. So, when a user searches for symptoms like “cough and pain”, the app will show a list of related conditions (“common cold, acute bronchitis, flu, pneumonia, chest infection”).

Roughly 1 percent of searches on Google are symptom-related. By doing this, Google aims to help users navigate and explore health conditions related to various symptoms, and quickly get to the point where they can talk to a health professional or do more in-depth research on the web.

To make sure the information is tailored to India, Google has been working closely with a team of medical doctors at Apollo Hospitals. However, it’s important to highlight that these search results are intended for informational purposes only, and users should always consult a doctor for medical advice and treatment.

Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise said, “This is a significant trend and we are happy to have partnered on this initiative with Google. At Apollo Hospitals, we have always made optimal use of digital technology for the benefit of patients. The abundant experience and expertise of our consultants was drawn towards providing clinical validation of the symptoms to spread the message of awareness and prevention of diseases. With the launch of the Symptom Search Project, we aim to provide quality healthcare information which can be accessed by a billion Indians.”

The new feature will be made available in English and Hindi, on both Android and iOS.



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