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04.09.2015, 14:32   Various

Take Google Health PDF Print To Doctor

 Who needs a doctor? Go see Google’s Knowledge Graph instead
By Lulu Chang — September 3, 2015 by Digital trends

Who needs a doctor when you have Google? Thanks to an update to Google’s Knowledge Graph, everyone’s favorite know-it-all search engine can now give you detailed information on more than 900 different illnesses, exciting hypochondriacs everywhere. In a blog post published on Thursday, Google announced a host of updates and improvements to one of their most popular features, including “hundreds more health conditions,” “visual design improvements and some more specific triggering so it’s quicker and easier to get the info you need,” and “a ‘Download PDF’ link so you can easily print this information for a doctor’s visit,” which has been a top request from doctors.

Prompted by the recent outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in New York City, Google found that its search bars were suddenly inundated by concerned individuals checking for symptoms and looking for more information on the disease. As ever, the tech giant responded to the people’s whims, and “quickly updated [its] health conditions feature (first launched last February) to provide information on Legionnaires’ right up front, from a simple search.”

Thanks to a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and a skilled team of health professionals, Google has seriously upped the ante on medical information. Whereas before, only 400 or so diseases and their conditions were readily available on Knowledge Graph, this number has more than doubled, and information is now easier to find and digest than ever. Moreover, Google is “making sure to include neglected tropical diseases, a set of infections that affect over 1.5 billion people including 500 million children in poorer regions.” And while today, much of the information is available only in English, the next step is to translate this valuable data into a number of languages to make it more accessible to a global population.

Of course, you shouldn’t forego the doctor altogether in favor of Google’s diagnoses, but this certainly provides users with important and timely information that may ultimately help in the healthcare process. So Google away, friends, and learn just what symptoms to be concerned about as the season begins to change.

Google Doubles Its Health-Related Search Content to Over 900 Conditions
by Staff Writer, HIT Consultant  09/04/2015

Earlier this year, Google introduced structured, curated, and verified health information information into its Knowledge Graph smart search algorithm. Initially, the feature was available for 400 conditions — but now Google has increased that number to over 900 conditions.

“We’re making sure to include neglected tropical diseases, a set of infections that affect over 1.5 billion people including 500 million children in poorer regions. We think it’s important for people to have facts on these diseases, such as Dengue Fever (already included), Chikungunya, and Leishmaniasis (to be added soon). Today the feature is still only in U.S. English, but we plan to expand it to more languages and regions,” said Prem Ramaswami, Product Manager in the blog post announcement.

Additional enhancements to Google Searches include:

– Visual design improvements and some more specific triggering so it’s quicker and easier to get the info you need (for example, you can now search for “pink eye symptoms” and you’ll get straight to the symptoms tab).

– A ‘Download PDF’ link so you can easily print this information for a doctor’s visit—this has been a top request from doctors

“We’re making sure to include Leishmaniasis of  neglected tropical diseases, a set of infections that affect over 1.5 billion people including 500 million children in poorer regions. We think it’s important for people to have facts on these diseases, such as Dengue Fever (already included), Chikungunya, and Leishmaniasis (to be added soon). Today the feature is still only in U.S. English, but we plan to expand it to more languages and regions,. noted

“As before, has worked closely with a team of doctors to curate and validate this information including positive, helpful feedback from users and medical professionals, and Dokeep working to bring useful health information to your fingertips, whether in the Google app or on desktop,” said Ramaswami.

According to Google, 1 in 20 Google searches are for health-related information.

Google to Provide Instant Information on Over 900 Health Conditions
By SearchEngine Journal September 3, 2015

Google has added support for the health conditions feature of its Knowledge Graph, now providing instant information on over 900 health conditions.
When you Google a health condition, like “Legionnaires’ disease”, Google will give you a snippet of information with the important details.
Google worked with a team of medical doctors in curating this information, the information has also been reviewed by medical doctors at Google and the Mayo Clinic for accuracy.
In addition to more than doubling the amount of health conditions it provides information on, Google has added visual design improvements to these Knowledge Graph panels, as well as the ability to download the information as a PDF.
Google points out it has added information about neglected tropical diseases — a set of infections that affect over 1.5 billion people including 500 million children in poorer regions.
Health conditions in Google’s Knowledge Graph are still only available to english-speakers searchers in the US, but the company says it plans to expand the feature to more languages and regions.
04.09.2015, 14:32   Various
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