Google in a move to become more prominent in the Indian market has launched a new feature called ‘Symptom Search’ in the country. With this feature, the search giant aims to make it easy for users to understand their medical symptoms, and find the right information about their possible medical condition.
The company in a press statement mentioned that they have started adding information about commonly searched symptoms to their database. So if a user were to type in cough and body ache, the app will return with a list of related conditions in the results like – common cold, acute bronchitis, flu, pneumonia, chest infection.
In the press statement, they mentioned, “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.”
The company has mentioned that all these results are only for reference purpose and in order to get proper advice and treatment, users should always consult a qualified doctor. To make sure that all the results are relevant to an Indian audience, Google has partnered up with Apollo Hospitals and is working with a small team of doctors to generate the results.
“Apollo Hospitals has always been committed to empowering individuals with knowledge and involving them in their own care,” said Ms. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited. “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 feature will be available for queries made in English and Hindi languages for both iOS and Android users.