During the period of social distancing, many doctors and clinics are limiting or halting in-person visits to restrict the spread of COVID-19. However, there are many people out there who still need medical support during this crucial time. And so, to help you provide the care of what you need whether it is related to COVID-19 or not, Google is making it easier for people to find virtual healthcare options via Search and Maps.
Healthcare providers can add virtual care offerings to their business profiles. From now onwards, when you search for a clinic or hospital, you might see an option called “get online care”. On clicking this link, you will be able to seek medical help over a voice or video call with the medical professionals. Search results might include national virtual care platforms as well as local clinics and hospitals.
Apart from this, the tech giant will also provide more details about virtual health services when you search for terms like “urgent care.” It’ll roll out this feature as a test in the US over the next week. The company is also automatically adding links to providers’ COVID-19 information pages on Search and Maps.
Google Health’s director of product management Julie Black wrote in a blog post that people are showing more interest in telehealth and virtual care during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And so, the tech giant has added this feature to help people find effective solutions very easily.
From the last few weeks, Google made government announcements about COVID-19 and travel advisories related to the pandemic more prominent in Search. Other tech giants are also contributing to their best solution to tackle the situation during this pandemic by their own means.
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