Google’s computer algorithms and AI wizardry are amazing, but the company is looking to do the impossible. The search giant just posted a tweet saying that Google Lens will eventually have the ability to read and decipher handwritten prescriptions.
Prescriptions from our doctors are some of the most important pieces of paper we will ever be handed. That being said, it can sometimes be difficult to understand what’s written on them. That’s not only inconvenient, but it’s rather dangerous for obvious reasons.
If we’re talking about quantities of medications, it’s extremely important to be able to understand what the doctor wrote down. When it comes to handwriting, it can sometimes be hard to differentiate between a “1” and a “7”, a “4” and a “9”, and so on.
This is why Google Lens wants to help you decide for your prescription
In the interest of saving lives and flexing its artificial intelligence prowess, Google will implement a feature where Google Lens can decipher handwritten prescriptions.
The Google India Twitter account posted a tweet saying that we “started working on the complex process of identifying what’s written on medical prescriptions…” under that, we see the #Googleforindia hashtag. So, for the time being, this might be a feature exclusive to Indian users.
However, we expect it to make it to other markets eventually. For the time being, we have no idea when this feature will hit the public. We don’t even know when it will enter testing.
How will this feature will work?
With the tweet, Google gave us a short video showcasing the feature. Obviously, it will be handled through the stand-alone Google Lens app. The user will access Lens, and import a picture of the prescription.
Then, Google will work this magic and point out the words that it understands. It will search for specific pharmaceutical terms and medications and decipher them. It will then give you multiple suggestions as to what it thinks the slip says. That’s much better than giving only one option.
From that point, you will know what the term stands for, and be able to present it to your pharmacist.
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