Google Lens might be able to assist you in the future if you have difficulty comprehending what your doctor has just written down for you.
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This morning, Google announced at an event in India that it is developing a new feature for Google Lens that aims to attempt to decipher difficult-to-read prescriptions written by doctors.
Users will be able to use a picture of their written prescription if the feature is launched. The picture can be taken directly in Google Lens or imported after the fact, and Lens will process the image to find medications on the note. In a statement, the company said:
This will act as an assistive technology for digitizing handwritten medical documents by augmenting the humans in the loop such as pharmacists, however, no decision will be made solely based on the output provided by this technology.
Since the margin of error on medications is unquestionably disproportionately large, it will be very interesting to see how this feature functions. Although Google did provide a preview of the functionality on Twitter, it has not provided a timetable for when this feature would be made available to the general public.
Lastly, Google mention at the event that India has the greatest number of Google Lens users worldwide.
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