Tech giant Google is adding new tools to Search to make navigating the US healthcare system easier.
The company said that people can check which insurance networks they might accept when searching for a specific provider.
And suppose people are searching for a new provider overall, on mobile. In that case, they are now able to filter providers nearby who accept Medicare – a health plan predominantly for people over the age of 65.
“We continue to expand the features and tools that doctors can use to communicate about the services they offer,” the company said in a blogpost.
“After claiming their profile, health professionals can edit and update information about their hours, services, and more,” it added.
The company has added the option for healthcare professionals to let prospective patients know what languages are spoken at their office.
“We currently have over a dozen languages represented, including Spanish and American Sign Language,” the company said.
Google mentioned that to help people get connected to the care they need, the company is conducting checks to ensure details of local doctors are up to date, and giving all healthcare providers the ability to update their information by claiming and updating their Google Business Profile.
“By providing timely and authoritative health information, plus relevant resources and tools on Google Search, we are always exploring ways to help people make more informed choices about their health,” the company noted.