03/15/2013

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 a technical fellow and 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.