Google India on Tuesday rolled out a new feature called ‘Symptom Search’ in India that lets users find quality health information, right on their mobile devices.
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.
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”). For individual symptoms like “सिरदर्द ” the app will show digital cards providing users an overview description along with information on self-treatment options and what might warrant a doctor’s visit.
“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, JMD, 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,” Ms. Reddy added.
The feature comes as an extension of Google’s health condition cards that were launched in 2016 and that provide quick, categorized information on various diseases. According to the tech giant, roughly 1% of searches on Google are related to medical symptoms.
Notably, the search results are intended for informational purposes only and users should always consult a doctor for medical advice and treatment, Google cautioned.