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New Google Feature to Allow Users Make Doctor’s Appointments

New Google Feature to Allow Users Make Doctor’s Appointments

Tuesday, 29 March, 2022 - 05:15
Google app is seen on a smartphone in this illustration taken, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Google is trying to make booking a doctor's appointment a little easier using its search engine, the German News Agency reported.

Though the new feature is still in its early stages, Google plans to roll it out soon across the US, if only for select providers at first, according to the CNET website.

The company is working with MinuteClinic and other scheduling providers, so when the user goes to book an appointment, the new feature enables him to see open appointment times.

Google also announced next steps for the Fitbit wearable, including pending clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its photoplethysmography algorithm, or PPG, which detects heart rate data directly through the wrist and may offer signs of an irregular heartbeat.

Results of a Fitbit-initiated heart study led by a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital were promising and showed that the algorithm identified undiagnosed atrial fibrillation in 98% of the time.

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