Google recently announced that the search engine will provide significantly better symptom search results. It seems that the new feature will roll out on mobile in theover the next few days.
Symptom searches online are a normal reaction when someone is feeling ill, simply because out of curiosity or because people want to be reassured that they don’t suffer from a complicated condition. However, symptom searches provide either inaccurate results or the terms found in results are too complicated to understand for someone who isn’t working in the medical system.
According to aby Google, 1% of online searches on Google are related to symptoms and health content on the Internet can be difficult to navigate. That’s why Google has decided to roll out a new feature that allows users to search for health conditions easier.
Google will provide better search results
When the user searches for symptoms like “headache on one side”, Google will provide a list of related conditions like tension headache, migraine or common cold. However, when an individual term is searched, like headache, Google will provide the user with an overview description, together with information on self-treatment options or recommend a doctor’s visit.
In order to create this new feature, Google has actually worked with a team of medical doctors and expects from Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic in the U.S., which evaluated conditions in order to improve the search results provided to users.
Obviously, symptom searches on Google are intended for information purposes only and users should see a doctor in case their symptoms are severe and last for several days.
The update will start rolling out over the next few days in English in the U.S., but the feature is expected to be available in other regions and languages soon enough.
Google has also been busy working on its Android N, as thewas already launched last week.