Clinical Info To Top Medical-Related Searches

One out of every 20 searches on Google is for information on health, but the top search results might not always provide the most accurate, up-to-date clinical facts. That is why Google is adding relevant and medically validated facts to its Knowledge Graph, a feature designed to supplement standard search results.

Starting over the next few days, Google's Knowledge Graph will begin showing information about symptoms, treatments and other facts when users search for a variety of common health conditions. The additional information, which will be vetted by medical doctors at both Google and the Mayo Clinic, is aimed at making it easier for users to quickly find the health information they need.

The new feature, announced Tuesday in a Google blog post, is not intended to provide medical advice, the search giant notes. Rather, it's aimed at "empowering" users to make more informed health decisions.

'This Stuff Really Matters'

Writing on Google's official blog, Product Manager Prem Ramaswami describes how he recently had trouble finding the relevant information he needed quickly after his baby son fell from a bed in a hotel. Worried that his son might have a concussion, he wrote, "I wasn't able to search and quickly find the information I urgently needed (and I work at Google!)"

It turned out that his baby was fine, Ramaswami added, "but the point is this stuff really matters." For this reason, Google will begin providing more information -- including illustrations, in some cases -- in its Knowledge Graph results for searches about common medical conditions.

The new feature will roll out first in English in the U.S., Ramaswami said. Over time, however, Google plans to expand the feature both to more medical conditions and to other regions across the world.

Study: Many Inaccurate, Irrelevant Results

As Ramaswami's experience illustrates, getting numerous search results...

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Clinical Info To Top Medical-Related Searches

One out of every 20 searches on Google is for information on health, but the top search results might not always provide the most accurate, up-to-date clinical facts. That is why Google is adding relevant and medically validated facts to its Knowledge Graph, a feature designed to supplement standard search results.

Starting over the next few days, Google's Knowledge Graph will begin showing information about symptoms, treatments and other facts when users search for a variety of common health conditions. The additional information, which will be vetted by medical doctors at both Google and the Mayo Clinic, is aimed at making it easier for users to quickly find the health information they need.

The new feature, announced Tuesday in a Google blog post, is not intended to provide medical advice, the search giant notes. Rather, it's aimed at "empowering" users to make more informed health decisions.

'This Stuff Really Matters'

Writing on Google's official blog, Product Manager Prem Ramaswami describes how he recently had trouble finding the relevant information he needed quickly after his baby son fell from a bed in a hotel. Worried that his son might have a concussion, he wrote, "I wasn't able to search and quickly find the information I urgently needed (and I work at Google!)"

It turned out that his baby was fine, Ramaswami added, "but the point is this stuff really matters." For this reason, Google will begin providing more information -- including illustrations, in some cases -- in its Knowledge Graph results for searches about common medical conditions.

The new feature will roll out first in English in the U.S., Ramaswami said. Over time, however, Google plans to expand the feature both to more medical conditions and to other regions across the world.

Study: Many Inaccurate, Irrelevant Results

As Ramaswami's experience illustrates, getting numerous search results...

Comments are closed.