Online Symptom Checkers

Dr. Google is wrong: Online symptom checkers often inaccurate, study says | 6/24/2020

Self-diagnosing health symptoms via online symptom checkers, or “Dr. Google,” is wrong nearly three-quarters of the time, according to new Edith Cowan University research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. The study, which analyzed 36 symptom-checking apps and websites across the globe, said 74% of the sites failed to produce the correct diagnosis as the first result. The correct diagnosis was within in top three results …

Pandemic will make indelible mark on health IT | 6/22/2020

… long-term, according to Forrester Research healthcare analyst Jeffrey Becker. In a survey of frontline health IT workers, Forrester Research found that the most impactful COVID-19 technologies were patient-facing tools such as online symptom checkers , patient portals, remote patient monitoring tools and telehealth . “What we found was that, far and away, the highest value solutions were patient-facing technologies,” Becker said. “The next layer of value really could …

Pandemic will make indelible mark on health IT | 6/22/2020

… long-term, according to Forrester Research healthcare analyst Jeffrey Becker. In a survey of frontline health IT workers, Forrester Research found that the most impactful COVID-19 technologies were patient-facing tools such as online symptom checkers , patient portals, remote patient monitoring tools and telehealth. “What we found was that, far and away, the highest value solutions were patient-facing technologies,” Becker said. “The next layer of value really could …

Can a chatbot diagnose your coronavirus symptoms? | 4/26/2020

… do these chatbot symptom checkers perform diagnosing COVID-19? The reporters at STAT attempted to answer this question by first-hand research: “U.S. hospitals, public health authorities, and digital health companies have quickly deployed online symptom checkers to screen patients for signs of Covid-19. The idea is simple: By using a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence, they can keep anxious patients from inundating emergency rooms and deliver sound health …

Beyond screening: How Covid-19 chatbots support patient navigation and health checks - MedCity News | 4/8/2020

… to those actively seeking care and to those searching for answers to questions. As a gesture of goodwill during this pandemic, many vendors are providing Covid-19 chatbots at cost. Leading organizations have deployed online symptom checkers to do basic screening for Covid-19. But what can an organization do to extend a chatbot beyond basic Q&A and screening capabilities? How can chatbots and other virtual engagement solutions enable …

I asked eight chatbots if I had Covid-19. The answers varied widely - STAT | 3/23/2020

Health Tech I asked eight chatbots whether I had Covid-19. The answers ranged from ‘low’ risk to ‘start home isolation’ By Casey Ross @caseymross March 23, 2020 Adobe U .S. hospitals, public health authorities, and digital health companies have quickly deployed online symptom checkers to screen patients for signs of Covid-19. The idea is simple: By using a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence, they can keep anxious patients …

Patient Perspectives on the Usefulness of an Artificial Intelligence–Assisted Symptom Checker: Cross-Sectional Survey Study | 1/30/2020

… appropriate 57% of the time. Accuracy varied considerably among symptom checkers (with a range of 5%-50%), leading to a concern about their use [ 11 , 12 ]. Furthermore, it is unknown if patients [ 7 ] use online symptom checkers as a replacement for seeing physicians in person. Also unknown are the rationale why patients use symptom checkers, whether they find them accurate and useful, and if these tools provide them with any …

Digital and online symptom checkers and assessment services for urgent care to inform a new digital platform: a systematic review | Wordpress.com | 12/30/2019

Abstract Digital and online symptom checkers and assessment services for urgent care to inform a new digital platform: a systematic review Duncan Chambers, Anna Cantrell, Maxine Johnson, Louise Preston, Susan K Baxter, Andrew Booth and Janette Turner School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK Corresponding author [email protected] Background: Digital and online symptom checkers and assessment services are used by patients seeking guidance about health …

A randomized controlled trial of online symptom searching to inform patient generated differential diagnoses | Nature | 11/11/2019

… cross-sectional studies suggest that online searching could increase patient engagement, promote patient-centered care, improve patient understanding, and enable patient discussions with clinicians. 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 However, concerns have been raised that online symptom checkers can give inaccurate advice, 6 and that they could induce patient anxiety. 3 , 7 , 8 Therefore, clinical trial evidence is needed to resolve uncertainty in the effects of online searching. Google is the …

Stop Googling your medical symptoms and do this instead - CNET | 11/7/2019

… is a bacterial infection (it’s a virus, which won’t respond to antibiotics), that a migraine is a brain tumor or an aneurysm and that an abdominal cramp is appendicitis. In fact, research suggests that online symptom checkers are almost always wrong . So before you spiral down the symptom rabbit hole, learn why obsessively Googling symptoms is risky and how to look for accurate health information online. Now playing: Watch this …

Stop Googling your medical symptoms and do this instead – CNET | VOICE OF THE HWY | 11/6/2019

… is a bacterial infection (it’s a virus, which won’t respond to antibiotics), that a migraine is a brain tumor or an aneurysm and that an abdominal cramp is appendicitis. In fact, research suggests that online symptom checkers are almost always wrong . So before you spiral down the symptom rabbit hole, learn why obsessively Googling symptoms is risky and how to look for accurate health information online. Now playing: 4:36 Why …

Is Googling your medical symptoms bad for your health? - CNET | 10/28/2019

… is a bacterial infection (it’s a virus, which won’t respond to antibiotics), that a migraine is a brain tumor or an aneurysm and that an abdominal cramp is appendicitis. In fact, research suggests that online symptom checkers are almost always wrong . So before you spiral down the symptom rabbit hole, learn why obsessively Googling symptoms is risky and how to look for accurate health information online. Now playing: Watch this …

Amazon’s second healthcare acquisition is emblematic of the kinds of digital solutions becoming startup exits | 10/25/2019

… Amazon’s second acquisition in healthcare, a technology and services outfit called Health Navigator. The 12-person outfit, founded by an emergency medicine doctor, provides the clinical content that underpins certain digital health processes, like online symptom checkers and triage tools, according to CNBC , which first reported the news Wednesday. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed on background that Health Navigator will become part of Amazon Care, its employee offering designed to offer …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | kgw.com | 9/14/2019

Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as The Journal of the American …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | 9/14/2019

… CDT September 13, 2019 Updated: 6:56 PM CDT September 13, 2019 Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | krem.com | 9/14/2019

Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as The Journal of the American …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | cbs8.com | 9/14/2019

Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as The Journal of the American …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | newswest9.com | 9/14/2019

Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as The Journal of the American …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | kiiitv.com | 9/14/2019

Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as The Journal of the American …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | cbs8.com | 9/13/2019

… PDT September 13, 2019 Updated: 4:56 PM PDT September 13, 2019 Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | kiiitv.com | 9/13/2019

… CDT September 13, 2019 Updated: 6:56 PM CDT September 13, 2019 Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | wzzm13.com | 9/13/2019

… EDT September 13, 2019 Updated: 7:56 PM EDT September 13, 2019 Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | kcentv.com | 9/13/2019

… CDT September 13, 2019 Updated: 6:56 PM CDT September 13, 2019 Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | newscentermaine.com | 9/13/2019

… EDT September 13, 2019 Updated: 7:56 PM EDT September 13, 2019 Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | wgrz.com | 9/13/2019

… EDT September 13, 2019 Updated: 7:56 PM EDT September 13, 2019 Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in …

Digital Health

I asked eight chatbots if I had Covid-19. The answers varied widely - STAT | 3/23/2020

Health Tech I asked eight chatbots whether I had Covid-19. The answers ranged from ‘low’ risk to ‘start home isolation’ By Casey Ross @caseymross March 23, 2020 Adobe U .S. hospitals, public health authorities, and digital health companies have quickly deployed online symptom checkers to screen patients for signs of Covid-19. The idea is simple: By using a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence, they can keep anxious patients …

Patient Perspectives on the Usefulness of an Artificial Intelligence–Assisted Symptom Checker: Cross-Sectional Survey Study | 1/30/2020

Introduction Background Patients are increasingly seeking to be more involved in their health care [ 1 , 2 ]. As a result, digital health care tools (both online and mobile health tools) have proliferated [ 3 , 4 ], and their … 11 , 12 ]. Furthermore, it is unknown if patients [ 7 ] use online symptom checkers as a replacement for seeing physicians in person. Also unknown are the rationale why patients use symptom checkers, whether they find them …

American Medical Association

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | kgw.com | 9/14/2019

Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as The Journal of the American …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | 9/14/2019

online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as The Journal of the American Medical Association, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Pediatrics, Diabetes Care, Circulation, and many others.” A 2013 study found that WebMD …

WebMD

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | kgw.com | 9/14/2019

Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to help us diagnose our ailments, it’s a good idea to figure out exactly how trustworthy they are. WebMD’s about page states they get their information from, “the latest medical findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as The Journal of the American …

VERIFY: How accurate are WebMD results? | 9/14/2019

Viewer Salvatore H. wanted to know if the results he got off WebMD were accurate. Turns out there’s research on that. Author: Terry Spry Jr., Jason Puckett, David Tregde Published: 6:56 PM CDT September 13, 2019 Updated: 6:56 PM CDT September 13, 2019 Salvatore H. asked the VERIFY team “Is Web MD a reliable source for researching medications and their side affects?” With the rise of online symptom checkers to …