After launching the service in US & Brazil, the synonym to web search –Google, has announced the launch of Health search in India. While one can search about health related issues and diseases also which would lead one to various websites, the company has made access to such information a lot easier by introducing Google Health Search.
Google Health Search returns healthcare and disease information as information cards whenever one searches about any disease or health condition. And considering that almost entire of rural India lacks immediate access to basic healthcare, this could well be one of the biggest disruptions — coming from Google — in this domain.
These cards provide a brief summary of the condition along with symptoms. These can also be downloaded as PDF immediately and can be shared with anyone.
Next time you ask Google about common health conditions, we’ll show you information cards with typical symptoms, as well as details on how common the condition is — whether it’s critical, if it’s contagious, what ages it affects, and more
said the search giant in a statement.
Google has partnered with Apollo Hospitals and Columbia Asia Hospitals for developing the content of cards. Last year, in order to gather more information in order to help grassroots healthcare professionals, the company had visited a clinic in Ballabgarh — a small town, which is less than 40 kms in commute from Delhi.
The information is available across all the platforms of Google search- desktop, Android app or iOS app. Google will even offer a Lite version of the information cards for those with a slow internet connection which is still common in India.
Currently, Google offers information of over 400 health conditions in English and Hindi for the Indian users.
The same feature was launched and is currently live in the US also where it collaborated with the Mayo Clinic to develop the healthcare information cards. It also introduced the feature in Brazil a few weeks back.
The launch though, could bring in worrying lines for the likes of Practo and others similar startups, who have actually built businesses by starting to provide such info., and later scaling up to provide information on doctors.
Google though, has made it clear that its primary aim behind such an initiative is to provide fast access to basic medical information. However, the company cautions that the search results are not to be intended as a medical advice.