Google uses technology to read your doctor’s handwritten prescriptions

Have you ever received a note from a doctor that is essentially illegible?

Google is working on an artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning model that can identify and even highlight medications on doctors’ handwritten prescriptions.

Google Research India said in a Monday release that the system will act as an assistive technology for digitizing handwritten medical documents by helping people in the loop, such as B. pharmacist, expanded.

However, it has been noted that no decision is made solely on the basis of the performance provided by the technology.

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In this photo screens display logos of Google in Tehatta, Nadia, West Bengal, India on 09. 4, 2020.

In this photo screens display logos of Google in Tehatta, Nadia, West Bengal, India on 09. 4, 2020.
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“You might think that we’ve had the technology to interpret text from images for decades: so what’s new and what makes recipes different?” said Google India. “Ironically, what makes digitizing prescriptions difficult for computers is the same thing that makes them difficult for you and me to read — they’re unstructured, shorthand, and full of clues that pharmacists can decipher.”

A doctor issues a refill prescription

A doctor issues a refill prescription
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It said the system is currently in development — it later told TechCrunch the feature was in a research prototype and the company hasn’t yet committed to bringing it to market — and that Google India would be providing updates of its wider introduction in the future.

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The feature was also announced at Google’s annual Google for India conference.

Google logo is at Google India office building in Hyderabad on 1st 28th, 2022.

Google logo is at Google India office building in Hyderabad on 1st 28th, 2022.
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Google Research India also noted that the need for responsible development of AI is “fundamental” and that the search giant has invested $1 million in grants to the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, to set up the first multidisciplinary center of its kind for responsible AI.

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Gizmodo reported that the technology will be part of the Google Lens application library, which can already digitally transcribe handwritten notes.

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