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Google works on a function to decipher the handwriting of doctors

Google works on a function to decipher the handwriting of doctors
Google Lens gears up to decipher handwritten prescriptions. (photo: Composition/Jose Arana)

If any TechMarkup reader has had trouble understanding what a doctor writes in a formula or prescription by hand, it is possible that Google Lens can help with a next function.

In India, Google announced that it is working on a new feature for Google Lens (image recognition tool) that aims to decipher prescriptions written by doctors wearing artificial intelligencehe.

Therefore, users will only need to upload an image of the doctor via Lenses and let the AI ​​do the rest. The technology it will automatically recognize handwritten text and digitally display the drug name.

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In a statement shared by TechCrunch, Google emphasized that this tool can support the “scanning of handwritten documents.” However, Manish GuptaDirector of Google Research India, mentioned that “no decision will be made based solely on the result provided by this technology.”

Manish Gupta explaining about the new function that Google is preparing.  (photo: Google India)
Manish Gupta explaining about the new function that Google is preparing. (photo: Google India)

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It is known that a doctor can prescribe a specific medication but when it comes to getting to the pharmacy, there are several types of creams or pills, and just the word differential cannot be understood, so it will be quite interesting to see exactly how it comes to life. this feature.

Google hasn’t confirmed a date for exactly when this functionality would reach users, but offered a preview of the functionality in Twitter.

“We have started to work on the complex process of identifying what is written in medical prescriptions by creating an assistance model to digitize it, using AI, for medical health professionals,” it can be read in the tweet for its translation into Spanish.

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Photo: Twitter/Google India
Photo: Twitter/Google India

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Which tools recognize text but still don’t solve this problem

It is important to mention that many technology companies have tried to solve the problem of reading prescriptions fluently, but none have been successful. Now the Mountain View giant has managed to find a solution thanks to artificial intelligence, and only time will tell if it will be successfully implemented in the tool Lenses.

At present there are some other systems of optical character recognition (OCR) that work with very good accuracy, although they are not designed to interpret handwritten drug names, as Google intends with its AI.

LiveText.  (Photo: Apple Blog)
LiveText. (Photo: Apple Blog)

For example, Manzana implements LiveText in iOS 16. When opening the camera of mobilecan be used to identify writing on paper or text on posters, books, etc.

It will then convert it to text with the ability to select it, just like you can find on any website. Thus, the user only needs to select parts of the text to perform an action, such as copying it to another applook up its meaning or translate it.

Google Lens.  (photo: Google)
Google Lens. (photo: Google)

On the other hand, the same Google Lens It also allows you to copy a text from handwritten notes and then send them to a computer.

This feature consists of focusing the Lens camera on the text, selecting it and using the option Copy to my computer. Later it will be possible to paste it from an open window in Google Chrome on the pc either laptop.

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