Coronavirus outbreak: Google will now make virtual healthcare options more visible on Search and Maps

If you have been more options for virtual healthcare on Google search, that’s completely intentional. Google has decided to make virtual health care options more visibile on Google Search and Google Maps in an attempt to improve access to healthcare without having to visit a doctor’s chamber during the lockdown imposed to curb the coronavirus spread.

A lot of hospitals in the country have had to focus on COVID-19 cases stopping treatment for other ailments while people have also stopping visiting hospitals in fear of catching the virus. In a such a situation, Google believes, it is better to consult a doctor over the phone or through the internet. This will help in reducing the load on hospitals and healthcare workers and ensure there are less people outdoors.

As a result of the move, you will now see options to locate a nearby heathcare center or clinic with contact information on Google Search and Google Maps.

Hospitals, mental health experts and doctors who wish to virtually treat patients can opt for ‘virtual care offering’ in their Business Profile. Then, anyone searching for a virtual health care provider, they will see a ‘get online care’ option on Search and Maps.

The feature will first pilot in the United States and then roll out globally.

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