Google partners with Apollo Hospitals to provide credible healthcare information to people

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

by IMT News Bureau

New Delhi: In order to give people access to credible and quality healthcare information quickly and easily, Apollo Hospitals has worked with Google to add health information to Google’s Knowledge Graph in India. The Knowledge Graph is a knowledge base used by Google to enhance its search engine’s search results.

Sangita Reddy

Sangita Reddy

When a user asks Google about common health conditions, he will start getting relevant medical facts in a standardized and reader friendly format, called health card, and will be able to see 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. For some conditions, illustrations from licensed medical illustrators would also be available, according to a statement.

All the medical information that gets presented in the health card, a standardized and reader friendly format of information that gets presented on the Google search engine, is reviewed and certified by the specialists of Apollo Hospitals.

The focus is to empower people with accurate, appropriate and easy to understand information so as to support them and provide a framework from which they can have a better conversation with their doctor or dive deeper on the web.

Dr Anupam Sibal

Dr Anupam Sibal

Sangita Reddy, joint managing director, Apollo Hospitals, said, “With the launch of this project, we aim to take this initiative to greater heights and provide quality healthcare information which can be accessed by a billion Indian.”

Dr Anupam Sibal, group medical director, Apollo Hospitals, said, “The abundant experience and expertise of our consultants was drawn towards providing clinical validation of the cards to spread the message of awareness and prevention of diseases among our fellow citizens.”

“Around the world, health conditions are among the most important things that people ask Google about. In fact, one in 20 searches is for health-related information,” said Prem Ramaswami, senior product manager, Google.

“We worked closely with Apollo Hospitals and a team of local and international doctors to curate and validate this information so that people in India can now find accurate and useful health information when they need it,” added Ramaswami.

According to Google, health information is now live and can be accessed via Google on Android or iOS phone or tablet, as well as mobile and desktop browser.

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