Google can aptly translate doctor's orders into Spanish and Chinese albeit with a few significant errors, finds a study.
A team from the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) analysed 100 sets of emergency discharge instructions translated by Google's machine learning algorithm that was rolled out in 2017.
The results showed that it was 92 per cent accurate for Spanish and 81 per cent accurate for Chinese.
However, a small minority of the inaccurate translations -- two per cent in Spanish and eight per cent in Chinese -- had the potential to cause clinically significant harm.
These were mostly due to grammar or typographical errors in the original written English instructions, the researchers explained.