Google And Doctors Tie Up To Provide Qualified Information For Diseases Identification

Harin - Aug 08, 2019, 3:17 pm IST


Google announced that it has tied up with doctors to give qualified information curated by them to identify diseases based on symptoms.

On August 6, Ben Gomes, Google senior vice president – Search and Assistant announced that it has worked with doctors to provide qualified information for diseases identification.

Gomes, when talking with students from St Joseph School – his alma mater, replied to a question on dealing with inaccurate information online in diagnosing diseases.

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Ben Gomes, Google senior vice president – Search and Assistant.

A student called Claudius said that with so much unverified information on Google, many people mistakenly believe that they are suffering from dangerous diseases.

According to Gomes, his team has been researching this. Their solution was working with doctors to know some symptoms' probability, what kinds of diseases that have these symptoms to get the most qualified information.

He added that the information on the search engine is from doctors who work at Mayo Clinic – a healthcare company as well as other medical facilities in different countries.

Gomes said to the students, claiming that Google has been working on getting the qualified information to provide to internet users, “So people actually get the right sense of the information that they are getting.”

Gomes also visited the classrooms and talked with students studying in the computer lab. He said that the students were lucky to receive early exposure to computer science compared with his days where having a calculator was a privilege.

He went on to advise them to always be curious. He said, “When you have curiosity, follow it. Find more about it. Don't study anything by rote. Just try and understand what it is. It is not easy sometimes. It is the thing that will stay with you later on. Understand what it is about and later use it in creative ways.”

While he was born in Tanzania, Gomes was actually raised in Bengaluru.

He attended St Joseph School, received his bachelor degree from Case Western Reverse University and his computer science Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley.

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