Google testing video chat service that links patients with doctors

video chat doctors on google
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video chat doctors on google
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Last year we saw doctors use Google glass to operate on patients. Now it looks like Google is testing out a new program that could further cement their foot print into the medical world. The new service, is now being tested with a few users, and it aims to connects people searching for health conditions with doctors over video chat.

This was first leaked by a Reddit user who posted a screenshot of the service online, and this led to representatives forcefully confirming its authenticity to Engadget. Google said

“When you’re searching for basic health information — from conditions like insomnia or food poisoning — our goal is provide you with the most helpful information available. We’re trying this new feature to see if it’s useful to people.”

The future of the program is still unclear, but according to reports, the service ties into Helpouts, a marketplace where “experts” can charge to give lessons and advice over video chat.

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Source: jasonahoule (Reddit) , Engadget , Gizmodo