Tech giant Google ties up with doctors, to identify diseases


In an attempt to identify diseases based on symptoms, Tech giant Google has tied up with doctors to provide qualified information curated by them, Ben Gomes, the man-in-charge of Google Search, said on Tuesday.

While Gomes was interacting with the students of St. Joseph School, he was questioned regarding the inefficiency of the web in detecting diseases, based out of their symptoms.

To which Gomes replied, “Actually we have done a lot work on this. So, what we did is we tied up with a lot of doctors to find out what the probability of some symptom, what probably the disease is to get the qualified information.”

He said the search engine has information curated by doctors, adding, the curated information of very high quality is obtained from doctors at health care company Mayo Clinic and other medical bodies in different countries.

“People actually get the right sense of the information that they are getting,” Gomes told the students and claimed that Google has done a lot of work on getting the right information.

A student of St Joseph School, it was a nostalgic moment as he was visiting the classrooms of his alma mater. Speaking to the students in the computer lab he advised them to be always curious.

“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,” Gomes told the students.

Gomes was born in Tanzania and raised in Bengaluru. A student of St Joseph School here, Gomes earned his BA from Case Western University in Ohio and his PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley.


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