As more and more people seek Google‘s advice first when it comes to health symptoms before visiting a doctor, Google India on Tuesday rolled out its feature called “Symptom Search” in India that lets users find quality health information on their smartphones. Also Read - New avatar of Google Chrome’s offline dinosaur game: How you can play
In collaboration with a team of doctors from Apollo Hospitals, the tech giant will add tailor-made information about commonly-searched symptoms in its Search. 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”). Also Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and more
For individual symptoms like “headache,” the app – currently available in English and Hindi – will show digital cards, providing users an overview description along with information on self-treatment options and what might warrant a doctor’s visit. Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here
“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,” Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, said in a statement.
“With the launch of the ‘Symptom Search Project’, we aim to provide quality healthcare information which can be accessed by a billion Indians,” Reddy added. Notably, the search results are intended for informational purposes only and users should always consult a doctor for medical advice and treatment, Google cautioned.
Roughly one percent of searches on the search are symptom-related and with 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.