Google search gets the ability to allow users to search the availability of appointment to plan their health checks, without having to use third-party solutions. Update was showcased at the second annual event that focuses on health care The Check Up on Thursday. In addition to the updated Google Search, a company based in Mountain View, California in the event virtually announced plans to integrate support for the detection of atrial fibrillation (FIB) in your fitness tracking Fitbit to help people receive alerts for signs of heart rhythm regularly. . Google also announced a series of updates AI Health which aims to turn the smartphone to function as a stethoscope or ultrasound for early diagnosis even in remote areas.
By partnering with healthcare providers and multiple scheduling solutions provider, launches the Google Search capabilities to enable users to search the availability of appointments for doctors and local care providers. Users will see the date and time of an appointment is available for doctors in the area directly through the search results.
Availability appointment will appear after you find a practitioner or facility on Google Search. As soon as the relevant date of appointment appear, you can click Books the next available table. It will take you to a third-party booking site.
Google initially worked with several health care providers and scheduling solution provider in the US, including MinuteClinic at CVS. This feature is also set to be launched for users who find in English in the US in the next few days. However, it is to be available in other markets as well from time to time.
In addition to booking appointments via Google, Fitbit announced that it is working on algorithms that will work with FIB Photoplethysmography sensor (PPG) existing optics available on the device can be useful to detect and notify the user of an irregular heart rhythm. The algorithm is now co Administration Food and Drug (FDA) for review. However, it is expected to be available as an update to the fitness tracking lines and smart watches by Fitbit from time to time.
Citing an internal investigation, Google said that its internal algorithms to identify 98 percent of FIB which does not accurately diagnosed.
Companies such as Apple already has support for detecting and informing users about the FIB. However, the Fitbit step could lead to a FIB detection range of price points.
Google also announced the development of health information panel on YouTube to markets including Brazil, India and Japan. It was previously limited to the US.
Separately, Google announced the expansion initially under the Health AI The Check Up event. One of these advances is to use the smartphone’s built -in microphone to function as a stethoscope.
Google cites research on how it uses the built-in microphone to record heart sounds participants when placed on the chest.
Recent research investigating whether smartphone can detect heartbeats and murmurs, the company said. Detection is, however, limited to the particular smartphone model because it requires special hardware input.
“We are in the early stages of clinical research testing, but we hope that our work can empower people to use smartphones as an additional tool for health assessment that is accessible,” said Greg Corrado, Head of Health AI at Google, in a blog post.
Google is also working with partners including EyePacs and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital to investigate the photos from a smartphone camera to help detect diabetes and without diabetes.
Apart from using the smartphone’s camera to detect heartbeat, murmurs and signs of diabetes, Google said that it was trying to use artificial intelligence (AI) together smartphones to provide ultrasound examination of the mother. The company has partnered with Northwestern Medicine to develop and test a model for developing research.
The overall research on the use of AI and smartphones as a combination to improve health care is now in the early stages and may take some time and efforts to work in public.