What you need to know
- Google made some exciting announcements at its annual conference in India.
- Google Lens to get new capabilities to identify drugs based on a doctor’s prescription.
- The feature is currently in the prototype stage and a wide rollout to consumers is unlikely at the current stage.
This Monday’s Google for India event revealed some interesting new things Google has been working on, including Google Search, YouTube, and Google Lens.
For example, we all know how difficult it can be to read a handwritten medical prescription. Google Lens is preparing to be a savior in identifying what is prescribed in such scenarios.
Google spoke at the event (via TechCrunch) and tweeted from Google India about its next AI stake in Google Lens. The company stated that it is working to identify what is on medical prescriptions. It builds a supporting model to digitize the text on the prescription using AI.
We have begun the complex process of identifying what is on medical prescriptions by building a supporting model to digitize it for medical healthcare professionals using AI.#GoogleForIndia pic.twitter.com/XD8YwJ6HBrDecember 19, 2022
The feature shown via a video on Twitter is still in its infancy. However, it gives us an idea of how it works. On an Android device, users can scan the prescription by opening a camera or choose the previously selected prescription from the media library.
The typically written prescription is scanned as Google Lens usually does with other things and significantly identifies the drugs mentioned. Later, the drugs mentioned are shown directly below, which refers to other suggestions; also read aloud the drug if you click on the speaker’s name next to the drug name. It might help to pronounce the drug/tablet for those who don’t know.
While it looks promising, to say the least, and saves you the hassle of identifying doctor-prescribed drugs, it’s still in the prototype stage, according to Google.
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“This will act as an assistive technology for digitizing handwritten medical records by augmenting the people in the loop, such as pharmacists, but no decision will be made based solely on the output of this technology,” the company said in a statement. a statement to TechCrunch.
Aside from the mentioned feature, Google is also reportedly working with healthcare organizations in India. The partnership aims to deliver credible and reliable search results using Google’s Aloud, the tool used to dub or transcribe videos. It’s also during testing where a video with multiple audio tracks in different languages can be quickly anointed with a single click once the feature rolls out.