Google Search, AKA Doctor Google, to Improve Symptom Search Results

Posted by at 11:50 am on June 20, 2016

Doctor GoogleGoogle plans to change the results shown when people search for symptom-based information.

Moving forward Google will show a list of related conditions to symptoms like stuffy nose, cough, or headache. The results will provide a description of the symptom itself, list possible self-treatment options, and alert when symptoms warrant a doctor visit.

“Our goal is to help you to navigate and explore health conditions related to your symptoms, and quickly get to the point where you can do more in-depth research on the web or talk to a health professional,” explained Google in a blog post.

Google created a list of symptoms based on medical conditions that are often included in search results. The list was checked by medical professionals at the Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic in order to associate individual symptoms with potential ailments.

Google warns that its search results are for informational purposes only and should not replace in-person consultations with physicians or other healthcare providers.

The changed symptom-based search results will appear on mobile devices in the coming days.

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