It seems that Google might have finally caught on to the fact that people search a lot for medical advice. Even if we’re all clear that these results should never supersede the need to visit a qualified physician, it doesn’t change the fact that curiosity grows strong when you start to feel bad. Those of you avid users of Google Search will soon be in for a treat.
Google has just announced that its search services are now rolling out enhanced medical information to benefit the user. This is not just Google being smarter about what results to give you, but actually the company’s effort in working with qualified medical doctors that have helped improved the company’s Knowledge Graph. The statement reads:
“So starting in the coming days, when you ask Google about symptoms like “headache on one side,” we’ll show you a list of related conditions (“headache,” “migraine,” “tension headache,” “cluster headache,” “sinusitis,” and “common cold”). For individual symptoms like “headache,” we’ll also give you an overview description along with information on self-treatment options and what might warrant a doctor’s visit. By doing this, 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.
We worked with a team of medical doctors to carefully review the individual symptom information, and experts at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic evaluated related conditions for a representative sample of searches to help improve the lists we show.”
I’ve personally noticed these changes a few weeks ago while in New York City, so there is a possibility that you’re already in for the update.