Today, Google announced that it would be adding health-related information to search results, with cards providing answers about symptoms, potential treatments and other info, curated by a team of doctors.
While most Google search results are either scraped from web sources or populated by public Google user data, medical information can be murky if you’re getting it from a bad source. So Google says it teamed up with its own internal team of doctors, as well as doctors from the Mayo Clinic, to provide responses and even illustrations for a variety of common health related searches.
The company is quick to point out that these search results aren’t intended to be taken as medical advice, and to always check with your doctor. However, hopefully this can help combat the number of people getting shoddy medical advice from obscure forums with good SEO.
The search results are rolling out over the next few days. Initially they will only be offered to US English users, but Google says they’ll eventually cover most varieties of English as well as other languages.