Google search to provide basic healthcare information in India

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Jagruti Jain, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Google’s latest move in India may help increase access to healthcare information among millions of people. The company added healthcare information to its knowledge graph in the U.S. last year, to help people easily find quick information in response to symptoms or concerns via its search engine, and now the feature is headed east to India.

Google, which operates India’s two most visited websites, will now serve users of Google’s main search apps engine and its search apps for iOS and Android with data on over 400 health conditions in English and Hindi when they search for an illness or symptom.

Now, when somebody asks Google about common health conditions, it will show information cards with typical symptoms, as well as details on how common the condition is – whether it’s critical, if it’s contagious, what ages it affects etc. The cards include images and can be downloaded as PDFs which can easily be passed on to someone else. For places like India, where there’s limited internet connection, it will serve ‘lite’ versions of the cards.

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