Health Instant Answers: update and clarification

While posting on the new Health vertical for Live Search, I wasn’t able to show how to get to these answers from just the main Live Search page, and that’s because the Instant Answers functionality is just now starting to roll out.  I asked John Henson, a Product Manager for the Health Solutions Group about it:

Just as with entertainment and commerce searches, queries that are identified as health-related will show up as “instant answers” at the top of mainline search requests. We are testing a few variations of this answer; you can see the primary one here:


We just started running these answers yesterday for a very small percentage of traffic — which is why you haven’t seen them yet. Over the next few weeks they will be ramping up to full coverage.

Thanks for checking out the new search — we’re excited about it! Don’t hesitate to let me know if I can answer any other questions.

As you can see, much of the information that is shown on the site is shown right on the main page as an Instant Answer, making the information much more easily available.