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Google brings Symptom Search feature to India

With Apollo Hospitals, Google will provide tailor-made info about commonly-searched symptoms.

New Delhi: As more and more people seek Google’s advice first when it comes to health symptoms before visiting a doctor, Google India has rolled out its feature called “Symptom Search” in India that lets users find quality health information on their smartphones.

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”).

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.

“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.

Notably, the search results are intended for informational purposes only and users should always consult a doctor for medical advice and treatment, Google cautioned.

  • IANS

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