Google launches health cards in India, support for 400 diseases


Search engine giant Google has launched new health cards in Knowledge Graph with which anyone in India searching for health information can now get it more quickly and easily. Google has partnered with Apollo hospitals and Columbia Asia hospitals for this feature in India.

Now when someone will search about the common health condition, the card will appear on mobile or desktop screen with all the relevant information about the disease. Users can now get dedicated information on over 400 health conditions like malaria and dengue fever using Google’s app. The app is compatible with Android and iOS phones and tablets, as well as mobile and desktop browsers.

India is the third country after the US and Brazil to have health information in the Knowledge Graph, and the content has been specifically designed for the Indian context. The cards are available in Hindi and English and cover common local conditions. Google however said that, these search results are not intended as medical advice but only for informational purposes. Google will automatically load a lighter version of the cards when it detects a slow internet connection, so that people can get to the information they need quickly.

Prem Ramaswami, senior product manager at Google said “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. We worked closely with a team of local and international doctors to curate and validate this information including Apollo Hospitals and the Columbia Asia Hospitals here in India. During product development we also consulted the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and ASHAs who are community health workers to ensure the information on the cards is useful and accessible.”

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