Alphabet Inc Class A (NASDAQ:GOOGL) envisions a search mechanism that would help healthcare practitioners search for healthcare records just like they do the web. For instance, a doctor could search for ’87’ and find an 87-year-old patient without using the specific patient’s name.
Recently, the California-based tech giant made much ado after the creation of its Health unit. However, the pioneers of this project didn’t provide details into what that unit would do.
Now, it’s considerably clearer after David Feinberg, the Google Health lead, and CNBC sources outlined some of the top objectives and ideas of the recently created unit. These ideas revolve around the search for both doctors and their patients. It appears doctors and other healthcare experts might have a dedicated search for health-related conditions soon.
Besides, an insider claimed that Google might be considering a Flights-style search experience for health. It will be possible to research health conditions without wading through the regular web to find reliable information.
So far, it’s not certain how close the plan is to fruition, and the tipster from CNBS warns that wasn’t sure if the Google search depart would sign off on the proposed dedicated health search. There’s also speculation that the company might have to ditch promotions on the health pages. All these details indicate how Feinberg and Google Health are thinking and offer a hint of what you can expect in the future.
Whatever the results, Feinberg might have been busy developing something bigger behind the scenes. Other CNBC sources reveal that Feinberg’s team has been ‘building bridges’ to boost health-related searches on Google and YouTube, including downplaying videos that seem to push anti-vaccination myths.
Probably the Google Health team is busy bolstering health-related search experience – though it is not apparent yet.
For many years, Google has dabbled in health, lure by the viability of the opportunity. Healthcare represents approximately $3.5 trillion market that majorly relies on manual processes. While Google has struggled with some of its initial endeavors, including its unique contact lens aimed to determine blood glucose in tears and Google Health medical records search service, it appears Feinberg is positive about the success of the project.