During Google’s annual conference in India, which took place on Monday (19), the company announced a feature that promises to be very useful. Through Google Lens, users will be able to “decipher” medical prescriptions, famous for bringing letters that are quite difficult to understand. However, there is still no date for the novelty to reach the public.
For those who pick up a prescription and cannot understand anything that is written there, the new function of Google Lens will be of enormous help.
The feature will allow the user to take a photo of the paper or upload it directly from their mobile device image library. Then, the app will detect the main points of the text, “translating” which are the medicines prescribed by the doctor. The tool makes use of artificial intelligence based on a joint effort between Google and professional pharmacists.
According to a statement released by the search firm:
This will act as an assistive technology to digitize handwritten medical documents, increasing the participation of human beings in the process, such as pharmacists. However, no decision will be made solely on the basis of the result provided by this technology.
The company has not yet released information about when the new feature will be released, but it will certainly be useful for many people’s daily lives.
Google is not a pioneer
It is common to see doctors writing prescriptions in a hurry, resulting in letters that are difficult to understand. Normally, just take the paper to the nearest pharmacy and a professional will be able to understand the content without much difficulty.
However, there are companies that have launched options similar to what Google presented in India.
An example is the app “Deciphering the medical prescription“, released by Fyostudiodr. The application promises to recognize and decipher recipes, but ends up using gamification to arrive at the result. This means that if the person is in a hurry, he is not the best fit.
Another available option is thePrescription Recognition“, from TVTGroup. One of its highlights is the speed at which it reads recipes, even if it doesn’t always get everything right. However, Brazilian Portuguese is not part of the content, making it difficult for people in our country to understand.
In any case, if the search giant manages to offer an agile and simple-to-use product on Google Lens, then it is possible that it will again excel in the software department. Even more so if you manage to add many different languages at launch.
With information: Tech Crunch🇧🇷