Google is developing a tool to decipher doctors’ handwriting

Google is developing an AI model that can decipher hard-to-read handwriting, with a focus on notes and prescriptions written by doctors. The search giant announced Monday at its annual conference in India that it’s partnering with pharmacists to create a tool in Google Lens that can decode messy written medical notes (via TechCrunch).

Google showed the feature at the event, demonstrating its ability to specifically track down drugs in a handwritten prescription. There’s no detail yet on when the new text deciphering feature is expected to launch, only that “there’s still a lot of work to be done before this system is ready for the real world.”

Google Lens is an AI-powered multi-purpose object recognition tool that can be used to detect objects (such as products, plants, or animal species) and translate languages. The Google Len app can already be used to digitally transcribe handwritten notes, although in our own testing the feature was dependent on how legible the handwriting is. Rushed doctors are known for having terrible handwriting.

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