Google’s Handwriting Recognition So Good It Can Understand Your Doctor’s Illegible Prescription

Technology is central to our health. Robotic surgeons, gene therapy, printed fabrics etc. Today is a new original feature that has just been presented by Google. Less impressive than a robot performing an operation, Google is embarking on recognizing the handwriting of certain doctors to identify prescribed drugs.

This is the ultimate test for handwriting recognition programs. Often illegible, medical prescriptions are an inexhaustible source of difficulty exams for written recognition software. Far from being trivial, theinability to read prescriptions emitted by doctors is a recurrent fact. Many companies have already tried to solve this problem with handwriting recognition algorithms. Today Google Lens is also sticking to it. Indeed, the American digital giant announced today that it has launched a program, in partnership with doctors and pharmacists, aimed at making handwriting recognition effective for decipher certain prescriptions.

Google gets into medtech wanting to read your doctor’s (often illegible) prescriptions © Pixabay

Soon available in Google Lens, this feature should allow its users to decipher the prescribed drugs by their doctors. Indeed, by taking a photo directly in their application, or by uploading it in the program, the Google software should identify the prescribed drugs. This new feature, presented today in India, does not yet have an expected launch date.

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Will technology replace our doctors?

This direction price by Google shows above all how the new technologies may turn out useful in health. Digital processing, biotechnologies, observation instruments, etc. the revolution already seems to be underway. If the last week we explained to you how (and especially why) scientists had developed a vagina on an electronic chip, it is clear that the place of technology in our access to care is growing. We make an appointment on Doctolib, before arriving in our fully automated medical practice. We are scrutinized by state-of-the-art machines. Treatments are also often created and designed using new technology.

The robot surgeons also already existing. Indeed, more precise than a man, a robot surgeon succeeded for the first time in 2017, a child suffering from a disease requiring very precise incisions. If the surgeon was also present in the operating room, this is not necessarily the case everywhere. Indeed, some operations can now be done remotely, via interposed robots.


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