Teams from throughout Google shared updates on their latest efforts, including Search, YouTube, Fitbit, Care Studio, Health AI, Cloud, and Advanced Technologies and Projects in providing consumers with useful information and tools throughout their health journeys.
According to Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Chief Health Officer of Google, the Search team recently developed capabilities to assist customers in navigating the complex healthcare system and making better decisions, such as locating healthcare providers who accept their insurance.
Hema Budaraju, who heads Search's Health and Social Impact work, introduced a new tool that will be rolled out to indicate appointment availability for healthcare providers so that users can book an appointment quickly. People can find available appointment dates and times for doctors in their region if they put off their yearly check-up, recently moved and need a new doctor, or are looking for a same-day visit to a MinuteClinic at CVS.
Even tho Google said they are currently in the early phases of implementing this service, they are collaborating with partners such as CVS MinuteClinic and other scheduling solution providers. Google also indicated that they intend to grow our features, functionality, and partner network to make it easier for people to receive the treatment they require.
On YouTube, Dr. DeSalvo is currently helping people in Brazil, India, and Japan in finding local, authoritative health content.
“Video can be a valuable and powerful approach to assist individuals to make informed healthcare decisions, among all the information channels they use for health information. People may watch and listen to specialists explain difficult medical jargon and information into easy-to-understand language and concepts, and they can interact with communities dealing with similar health issues.” She mentioned.
YouTube Health's objective is to provide fair access to authoritative health information that is evidence-based, culturally relevant, and engaging, according to Dr. Garth Graham. YouTube has spent the last year focusing on forging relationships with top health organizations and public health leaders to boost the number and visibility of authoritative health content via new features.
Starting this week in Japan, Brazil, and India, YouTube will add health source information panels to videos to provide context that helps viewers identify videos from authoritative sources, as well as health content shelves that more effectively highlight videos from these sources when people search for specific health topics. These context cues assist customers in locating and evaluating trustworthy health information.
On the other hand, Fitbit is said to help people maintain their heart health. People are expected to utilize Google’s consumer technology and solutions to support their health and wellness in addition to their information demands. Fitbit makes managing one's whole health, from exercise and nutrition to sleep and mindfulness, simple and motivating.
With nearly half a million Fitbit users, the team began the Fitbit Heart Study in 2020. The purpose was to put the PPG (Photoplethysmography) AFib algorithm, which looks at heart rate data passively to detect indicators of an irregular heart rhythm, into the test.
The study's findings were presented at the recent American Heart Association convention, demonstrating that the algorithm correctly identified undiagnosed AFib 98 percent of the time. Google’s algorithm has been submitted to the FDA for assessment and emphasized that this is just one of the many ways Google is currently working to make health more accessible to everyone.
Furthermore, The Check Up is designed to assist people in living healthier lifestyles and making it easier to locate and schedule local caregivers in the United States.