Google will begin showing widely-available virtual care platforms as a pilot feature in US search results.
“For example, when people search for “immediate care”, we’ll be able to also present available virtual care options and related information such as the out-of-pocket price charged for a visit (for those without insurance) and an easy way for people to directly connect with the virtual care platform.”
Google will only facilitate the connection between a healthcare provider and a patient.
From there, the visit between the patient and provider can take place on the provider’s preferred platform.
Many Healthcare Providers Opting for Virtual Visits
As Google states in its announcement, many healthcare providers are responding to the COVID-19 by treating patients over the web.
That’s what makes these features especially necessary right now.
“To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many healthcare providers are reducing or stopping in-person visits for a variety of patient needs, from the treatment of chronic conditions to mental health services to evaluating cough and cold symptoms.
Yet, people need a way to continue getting medical care from the comfort and safety of their own homes.”
Interest in virtual care and telehealth has risen “dramatically” since the beginning of the pandemic, Google says.
Google has been acting fast to keep its search results as useful as possible during this time.
New features have been introduced for businesses of all kinds, not just healthcare providers.
Here’s a roundup of some of the more recent announcements: