April 7th, 2016
Internet giant Google launched their health cards in India on Tuesday, to provide the users information on various diseases with the help of simple graphics. Today anyone suffering from any disease look up on google about the disease to know more about it. Banking on this trend, Google researchers have developed these health cards that show relevant information on diseases when they are typed as keywords. The Google blog announcing this new feature mentioned that one in 20 Google searches are for health-related information. These cards, which were launched in the US last year, will actually serve as a dummy’s guide about a disease, stating its prevalence, symptoms, diagnosis, the way it spreads and the age group it affects. The cards also provide link to pdf files of the same information of diseases, so that they can be printed. In India the cards have been introduced in English and Hindi and covers over 400 diseases. For gathering the information Google has worked with a team of doctors led by Kapil Parakh checked by the Mayo Clinic for accuracy. They have also worked with major local hospitals like Apollo, Columbia Asia and others before introducing the feature in the country. Apparently, Google has sourced the information by analysing high quality websites on health issues, which later the teams of doctors reviewed and licensed medical illustrators to create the visuals. However, Google makes it clear that these health cards cannot replace the effectivity of medical consultation and are only aimed to help people ask the right questions to the doctors and have quick access to basic information regarding a disease. This feature is available on the search engine and search apps for iOS and Android.
The Logical Indian view this initiative as to be really helpful for the internet users. This will help a layman to know the basics about any disease in simple words and graphics.