Google will help decipher illegible medical prescriptions


The bad handwriting the doctorsor at least the bad handwriting with which doctors scribble the prescriptions they give their patients along with the prescription, is an element of popular culture and daily life that crosses borders.
It seems that doctors all over the world have the same ability to write with quite hieroglyphic calligraphy, with the resulting problems for patients and pharmacists.

The anecdote becomes problematic when the name of a drug can be misinterpreted

The problem ranges from trivial to serious annoyance when a drug’s name or dosage can be misinterpreted, and that’s why some tech companies have tried to find a solution to the problem.

The last to do so was Google, which at the latest edition of its annual Google for India event, held in the Asian country, announced that it is working on a tool that will help decipher the content of recipes. The company looked for him collaboration of pharmacists and it incorporates into its technology the deduction methods they use to find the handwritten names of drugs.

The tool is still only a prototype and Google has not announced a possible release date for the public. As seen at the event held in India, it operates through Google lensthe AI ​​object recognition feature the company has built into many of its apps, and its technology allows it to recognize drug names in all text.

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An illegible prescription to underline the realism of a series of doctors

A Canal+ campaign

The proverbial illegible doctors’ handwriting, which Google now wants to help decipher, was given a very different use last April: Channel+ France and his creative agency, BETCthey used it, as can be seen in the image that directs this information, for the texts of the launch campaign, of the series “It will hurt” (“It will hurt”).
This is a British production that adapts Adam Kay’s autobiographical book titled “This is going to Hurt. Diary of a young doctor”, in which he tells with humor, but openly, the daily life in the gynecology department of a British public hospital.

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