Improving Healthcare, One Search at a Time

21:35 minutes

By combing through 100 million search queries on Bing, Yahoo, and Google, Microsoft Research Lab co-director Eric Horvitz and his colleagues were able to discover a previously unknown interaction between two commonly prescribed drugs. Horvitz says the method might detect dangerous drug interactions earlier than the FDA’s warning system.

Segment Guests

Eric Horvitz

Eric Horvitz is Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research and co-director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Redmond, Washington.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.