Google’s new health cards became active in Australia just a few hours ago, so I figured I’d be first to give them a test run.
Health cards are Google’s attempt to give the lay public sensible and evidence-based results on searches for medical conditions.
The ‘cards’ appear as a stand-alone box to the right of the usual Google search results, and contain a few sentences and a picture.
For example, when I type in ‘cold’, the usual, familiar results appear – first is my local weather (despite today being decidedly warm!) followed by the hits from more than a billion search results.
But in addition, a new box automatically appears, labelled ‘Common cold’. It contains an artist’s impression of nose-blowing (happily, a ‘before’ image with the tissue still clean) and three clickable sections: About; Symptoms; and Treatments.
Each section typically contains a couple of brief statements and some dot points…
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