Google developing enhanced search functions for EHRs

Google Health is looking to improve search functions, both to enhance physicians' abilities to search through medical records as well as the quality of health-related search results presented to consumers across Google and YouTube, according to CNBC.

David Feinberg, MD, head of Google Health, presented the technology giant's new health-related search ideas at the HLTH healthcare conference in Las Vegas, Oct. 27-30, according to the report. Dr. Feinberg left his post as CEO and president of Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System last November to lead Google's health division.

Google will not compete with existing EHR vendors but rather provide search function technology to integrate with EHR systems to help with data entry work, including charting, assigning billing codes and filling out fields in medical records, according to the report.

"Imagine a search bar on top of your EHR that needs no training," Dr. Feinberg said, according to CNBC.  

With Google's technology, a physician would be able to start typing in the EHR search bar, similar to searching for answers on Google, and the records system would begin to automatically fill out responses and offer relevant information.

Dr. Feinberg is also working with the Google search and YouTube teams to improve health searches by reducing the amount of false information and advice about health available to consumers. One idea to help stop the spread of false information is to create a separate search site for Google health searches, similar to Google Flights, according to the report.


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