Google Takes on Doctors' Terrible Handwriting

The company is working on a prescription-specific, AI-powered image processing tool to help pharmacists.

Google has proposed a remedy for the doctor’s note.

The tech giant is working on an AI technology tool to decipher hard-to-read handwritten medical prescription.

The feature will be part of Google Lens’ library of applications.

And the in-development prescription decoding tool will work similarly.

Users will be able to take or upload a photo of a doctor’s note and then the Lens app will process the image.

Yet handwritten orders still persist in the U.S., and are the dominant form of prescription elsewhere in the world.

The technology isn’t quite ready for doctor deployment yet, though.

And the company says the prescription feature isn’t intended to replace human comprehension.

However no decision will be made solely based on the output provided by this technology.