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An app a day keeps the doctor away

Stiff neck, headache, tingling in your fingers. You list your symptoms, answer a few questions about how long they’ve lasted and whether they seem to be getting worse. Then, without ever leaving home or queueing at the clinic, you get the diagnosis: a strained neck. Or, at least, eight out of 10 people with those symptoms have one. (You also learn that 1 in 1000 people with these symptoms turn out to have degenerative cervical spine disease. Would you like to have your case reviewed by a human doctor? That will be £14.99.)

This isn’t some future scenario. The free app Ada, which offered up this diagnosis, was launched in the UK in April. It took six years for 100 data scientists to…

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