The world is grappling with the ongoing spread of the coronavirus and hence, a number of healthcare providers have discontinued with their in-person visits. However, patients will still need ways and means to get medical care from the safety of their homes.
Owing to this, Google has started a new initiative. Google Search and Google Maps will now show virtual healthcare options. Google in its blog stated, “To help individuals and health care providers connect, we’re focused on providing individuals with access to high-quality and authoritative information and supporting them throughout their health journey. Over the coming week, we’re beginning to roll out two new features in Search and Maps that make it easier for people to connect to virtual healthcare options, whether it’s to a doctor’s office down the street, the hospital across town, or a national telehealth platform.”
The blog also adds that the healthcare providers like hospitals, doctors, and mental health professionals can now take part in a virtual care offering in their Business Profile which will make it easy for people to search for their local provider. For example, one might see “get online care” link on Search and Maps.
Once this link is clicked, it will take the user to the provider’s virtual care website where they can access more information. They can also plan and schedule a virtual healthcare visit with a provider. As per Google, “Beginning as a pilot in the U.S., we’ll also begin showing widely-available virtual care platforms directly on Search so people can more easily access virtual visits.”
Apart from this, Google is also helping healthcare providers with information on how to keep their online business information up-to-date. Google Cloud is extending support to providers with technology infrastructure and solutions which will assist with care delivery and operations.
This includes helping doctors support patients remotely with HIPAA-compliant G Suite products.