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Google using tech to read your doctor’s handwritten prescriptions

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Ever get a note from a physician that is actually illegible? 

Google is working on a synthetic intelligence (AI) and machine learning model that may discover and even highlight medicines on handwritten prescriptions from physicians.

Google Research India said in a Monday release that the system will act as an assistive technology for digitizing handwritten medical documents by augmenting the humans within the loop, comparable to pharmacists. 

It noted, nevertheless, that no decision will probably be made solely based on the output provided by the technology.

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On this photo illustration, screens display the logos of Google in Tehatta, Nadia, West Bengal, India, on Sept. 4, 2020.
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“It’s possible you’ll be considering, we’ve had the technology to interpret text from images for many years now: so what’s recent, and what sets prescriptions apart?” Google India said. “Sarcastically, what makes prescriptions hard for computers to digitize is similar thing that makes them hard for you and me to read – they’re unstructured, in shorthand and filled with clues for pharmacists to decipher.”

A doctor writes a refill prescription

A physician writes a refill prescription
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It said that the system is currently under development – later telling TechCrunch that the feature is in research prototype and that the corporate has not yet committed to launching it – and that Google India would share updates on its broader rollout in the long run.

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

The Google logo is pictured at the Google India office building in Hyderabad on Jan. 28, 2022. 

The Google logo is pictured on the Google India office constructing in Hyderabad on Jan. 28, 2022. 
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Google Research India also noted that the necessity to develop AI responsibly is “fundamental,” and that the search engine giant had invested $1 million in grants to the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, to determine the first-of-its-kind multidisciplinary center for Responsible AI. 

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Gizmodo reported that the technology will probably be an element of the Google Lens library of applications, which already has the flexibility to digitally transcribe handwritten notes. 

Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News and Fox Business Digital. 

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