Google now offers Easy-to-read ‘Health Card’ for disease search

Internet Giant Google will now present results for over 400 diseases in a platter. For health-related searches in India an easy-to-read graphic or “card” will pop up along with the usual results. India is the third country to get this feature after the US and Brazil.

Running a Google search for a disease will now return the usual results along with a panel, which Google calls “card”. It carries an illustration, major symptoms, need for lab tests for diagnosis, most commonly affected age groups and indicates whether a disease is contagious, among other kinds of information. Globally, according to Google, one in 20 searches on its platform are related to health.

“This is just medically validated information, it is not a substitute for a doctor,” says Prem Ramaswami, Google’s product manager for search.

Google has worked with AIIMS, Apollo hospitals and Columbia Asia hospitals for this feature in India.
Health cards were rolled out in the US last year and in Brazil two weeks ago. In India, the cards are available in Hindi and English. Google officials say they are working on introducing more local languages and more health conditions for
the feature.
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