As Internet Symptom-Checkers Improve, Health-Care Providers Say It's OK to Search.
You’re wise not to believe everything you read, especially when it comes to health and medical information on the World Wide Web. To help you sort through the online clutter and locate reliable, trustworthy medical information, here are a few tips to follow, along with some top-rated sites you can always turn to with confidence.
Getting sick seems a lot more stressful now that we have the internet. You can research your symptoms, but inevitably you'll fall down a rabbit hole of illnesses that are so unlikely, every search will turn up a life-threatening disease. It is possible to get reliable, useful information, vet it properly, and even get an expert opinion, all online. Here's how.
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Looking at 23 websites, the Harvard study found that a third listed the correct diagnosis as the first option for patients. Half the sites had the right diagnosis among their top three results, and 58 percent listed it in their top 20 suggestions.
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Over the course of a year two out of every 1,000 people will rack up $100,000 or more in medical bills. These are the "high cost patients" who make insurance premiums go up and bedevil policy makers. These are people who are really sick.
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The purpose of the CAPHIS Top 100 List is to provide CAPHIS members and other librarians with a resource to use in their daily practice and teaching. Secondly, it is our contribution to the Medical Library Association so that the headquarters staff can refer individuals to a list of quality health web sites.
Our vision is a world where all people live long and healthy lives, free of preventable chronic disease. Our mission is to create a culture free of preventable chronic disease by demonstrating and disseminating the global consensus on the fundamental, evidence-based truths of lifestyle as medicine.
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As long as you use the Internet to self-educate rather than self-diagnose, a little online research can be a good thing.
almostadoctor is a place for medical professional and students to learn about stuff. It is run by Dr Tom Leach. In 2009, Tom saw a huddle of people around a photocopies in the Hospital Library. They were passing round copies of his notes. Ever since then, Tom has uploaded all of his notes, and encouraged his friends to do the same.
Be Smart. Be Well. is an award-winning website that delivers life-story videos, expert interviews and in-depth articles on a variety of important health topics. In collaboration with the nation’s leading health organizations, we produce medically reviewed content that’s made available through our website, e-newsletter and e-news alerts, as well as our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.
A shared vision of extending world-class medical knowledge to everyone, wherever they may be, is what brought Mayo Clinic and Better together. It is our hope that Better will give people the means to worry less when it comes to health care and instead focus on being well.
Better Health’s mission is to support and promote healthcare professional bloggers, provide insightful and trustworthy health commentary, and help to inform health policy makers about the provider point of view on healthcare reform, science, research, and patient care.
The Better Health Channel (BHC) provides health and medical information that is quality assured, reliable, up to date, easy to understand, regularly reviewed and locally relevant. BHC does not have any advertising or sponsorship and is fully funded by the State Government of Victoria (Australia).
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BioEd Online utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you instant access to reliable, cutting-edge information and educational tools for biology and related subjects.
The mission of ButYouDontLookSick.com is to help everyone with a chronic illness or invisible disability, in order for them to live their lives to the fullest and not feel isolated and alone. We believe that our medical circumstances have put us in a unique and understanding position, so that we can help each other through similar difficult times.
We are committed to providing information on a wide variety of health topics, disease conditions, and treatment options. Our intent is to provide consumers with a better understanding of healthcare issues and to present explanations of medical information that may help them become knowledgeable consumers of health care and actively participate in caring for their own health.
Vitamins, herbs, and other supplements are not regularly tested by any government organization. Only ConsumerLab.com continually evaluates nutritional supplements in a laboratory environment. It also investigates problems with drugs.
Critical Health News brings together select alternative health voices, whose perspective and expertise offer evidence of the bodies natural ability to heal its self. Our goal is to create and gather the most meaningful health related information together as a service to give our readers the tools to empower themselves.
CrowdMed is revolutionizing healthcare by harnessing ‘the wisdom of crowds’ to help solve even the world’s most difficult medical cases quickly and accurately online.
After 4 years of development and refinement, CrowdMed’s patented prediction market technology can suggest diagnoses to real-world medical cases that have stumped doctors for years.
Imagine patients around the world coming together to share quantitative information on over 500 medical conditions. They talk about sensitive symptoms and compare which treatments work best for them. They track their health. New research discoveries are made based on the patient-contributed data. This is happening at CureTogether, and we believe it can have a massive global impact.
ddxof: is a compilation of cases based on real patients, each inspiring an algorithm for the evaluation and management of their chief complaint or diagnosis.
Dr. Lisa Sanders recreates hard-to-solve medical case studies.
-Covering over 15,000 disease manifestations such as symptoms, labs, ECG, X-ray, CT-Scan, MRI, Ultrasound, pathology, microbiology results and more.
Our staff doctors guide you through the Medical Internet, journal articles, and other resources for professionals and patients. This is the official site of the MEDQUEST TV show and the host of medical search engines.
MARK HYMAN, MD is dedicated to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach called Functional Medicine. A four-time New York Times bestselling author, through his private practice, education efforts, writing, research, and advocacy, he empowers others to stop managing symptoms and start treating the underlying causes of illness.
eHealth Forum is a place where you can get your medical questions answered by real health professionals and other forum members. You can access an existing thread by browsing topics like cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and even cosmetic procedures or ask a doctor for health advice by submitting a health question to one of our medical experts.
ehealthMD is brought to you by Health Information Publications (HIP), a company specializing in creating outstanding, reliable, up-to-date health information delivered over the Web. We are committed to leading the field in offering the most authoritative, visually compelling, and dynamically presented health information in the world.
The Embarrassing Bodies doctors offer an innovative way to raise health awareness and de-stigmatise 'embarrassing' body parts and medical conditions.
We recognize that the Internet is an ideal means of providing information on a range of personal health matters that some people may initially find hard to discuss. We opted for the phrase 'embarrassing problems' for the site in the spirit of straight talking and for sheer impact. We're not implying that the topics discussed on the site should be viewed as being 'embarrassing' – quite the reverse, in fact. We hope the information on our site will persuade you that your embarrassing problem is not so embarrassing after all and/or will provide some helpful information.
A Medical Information Site. Great Information. Great Health.
Extensive website covering a wide range of medical conditions.
Vanderbilt's online research magazine.
FamilyDoctor.org’s vision is to be the number one choice for all individuals seeking trusted health and wellness information online.
The search engine for difficult medical cases.
No more waiting rooms! Text a doctor for free.
At FreeMD.com, our goal is to provide consumers with powerful, physician-written tools that empower them to make safer decisions on when and where to access care.
Lay advocacy and support groups, information on genetic conditions and birth defects for professionals, educators, and individuals, National and International organizations.
Alice! is not one person, but a team. The Go Ask Alice! site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers.
Supporting healthy lifestyle, posts about different diseases, psyhology, cancer and advices for a healthier life.
HealingWell.com is about living mindfully and healing well with chronic illness. It is a community where people come together, reach out, find support and understanding, and share what works for them with others. HealingWell.com features a thriving support community, blog, videos, a popular newsletter, articles and resources to help you actively manage the challenges of living with chronic illness. The goal is simple....to help you take control of your illness and start "healing well".
Health and Survival Blog is written by Dr. Eric, a family doctor in Temecula, Ca. In addition, he conducts product research and development for eHealthSupplies.com, a company his wife, Whanda runs and operates. The purpose of this blog is to provide up to date information on various health, survival or other topics.
Dealing with a medical condition is often difficult. Connecting with others who are going through the same thing can make a world of difference. HealthBoards.com is where you can make those connections. HealthBoards provides a unique one-stop support group community offering over 200 message boards on various diseases, conditions, and health topics.
HealthCentral's mission is to empower millions of people to improve and take control of their health and well-being.
HealthCoach4Me is an easy-to-use interactive Web site designed for people just like you–people who want to take charge of their health, but who need a little help along the way. There are 2 main components of the site: the Health Library and My Coaching Plan.
HealthCommunities.com is a health website dedicated to educating users about diseases, conditions and overall well-being. It is intended for adults 18 and older who are interested in complementing the advice of their physician with additional learning.
HealthExpand.com is designed to help its users find useful information and services relating to health, medicine, diet, dentistry, environmental health, animal health and more.
Healthinsite is a non-commercial, government-funded health information service, operated by Healthdirect Australia. It aims to improve the wellbeing of all Australians by providing easy access to quality health information and services.
We focus our efforts on offering readers and visitors to our site objective, trustworthy, and accurate health information, guided by the principles of responsible journalism and publishing. Our editorial philosophy is to use relevant and accurate content to promote a healthy lifestyle and facilitate disease prevention, as well as to offer clinically significant, medically reviewed information for those who are seeking answers to their health questions.
Healthtalkonline is the award-winning website of the DIPEx charity. Healthtalkonline and its sister website, Youthhealthtalk, let you share in more than 2,000 people's experiences of over 60 health-related conditions and illnesses.
HealthTap is here to help you. Our Interactive Health Network and mobile apps connect doctors with patients in smarter ways, provide education to those who seek it and disseminate trusted, vetted, peer-reviewed health information far and wide!
Join the health movement. Ask questions. Get answers. Connect with others like you.
InsidersHealth (IH) brings you the latest health news, tips for healthy living, and discoveries and breakthroughs in natural medicine. You'll learn about anti-aging solutions, how to keep your heart pumping stronger, ways to ease joint discomfort, how to boost your energy levels, tips to sleep better, hear better, see better, and much more.
Inspire builds online health and wellness communities for patients and caregivers, in partnership with national patient advocacy organizations, and helps life science organizations connect with these highly engaged populations.
Aetna InteliHealth's mission is to empower people with trusted solutions for healthier lives. We accomplish this by providing credible information from the most trusted sources.
To help health care workers and patients understand about the effects of the internet on the practice of Medicine and Healthcare in the world, and to update new developments that are constantly occurring in this field of Internet Medicine.
So what is your visible hope? We are collecting your images, photos, illustrations, of things that bring you hope! Sometimes hope can be hard to understand, because we cannot see it. But perhaps we can try to show others the images in our life that help us feel hopeful even when dealing with chronic illness or pain.
The Isabel Symptom Checker is very different. For the first time, it gives you access to a highly sophisticated medical diagnosis tool that is much more powerful than previously available symptom checkers. Using the latest searching technologies, the system can take a pattern of symptoms in everyday language and instantly compute from our vast database of 6,000 diseases, the most likely ones.
Find information on hundreds of conditions. Check your symptoms. Improve your lifestyle.
Welcome to the medical site, which was created with the purpose of the study and guided in medicine for the whole family. Here you can find more than 600 symptoms, diseases and disorders, which are divided into categories, it's makes navigation and search very convenient. Our resource is young and upcoming, we need support and feedback from your side.
MDAdvice.com is an award winning internet-based medical site providing highest-quality health information, daily medical news, a health library, resources, drug information, articles, references, free medical questions and answers with experts, informative material, community support groups, live health chat, real-time interactive tools, and more.
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All MediResource health content is clinically reviewed by a health care professional. Authors of health content are always qualified medical writers. Clinical reviewers are health care professionals selected for their experience and topic expertise. All articles are edited by medical editors experienced in the production of medical information for the public.
Search over 10,000 symptoms, 2100+ diagnoses, 5000+ drugs, and 6,000+ procedures Personalized medical search by doctors for everyone (for informational purposes only). All the data has been entered by physicians. We are still in BETA and continuously updating the database.
Founded in 1994 out of a shared need for better medical information and support, MedHelp is the pioneer in online health communities. The MedHelp site connects people with the leading medical experts and others who have similar experiences.
MediBid is an online marketplace which is about quality, choice, and value. Many insurance companies show you no more than whether your doctor is “in-network” or not. MediBid allows you to see the training, education and experience of the doctor before you make your selection.
Medical Daily is dedicated to covering health and science news that matters most to our generation. We cover a wide range of stories, but ultimately we are driven by two core values: first, to contribute to our readers’ understanding of what is a very complex and constantly changing field of information, and second, to keep in mind the ultimate “smell test” —we want our stories to be the kind of things you talk about at a bar with your friends.
MedicalWeb, Inc has been a leader in consumer driven health care and IT. We believe when you combine the two, you create a powerful vehicle to improve access to care while guarding patient safety and improving and standardizing quality. We believe the Internet can provide equivalent patient safety to traditional medicine and, according to our last patient survey, patients believe that too.
MedicineNet.com and onhealth.com are online, healthcare media publishing companies. We provide easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers via its robust, user-friendly, interactive website.
Since 1996, MedicineNet.com has had a highly accomplished, uniquely experienced team of qualified executives in the fields of medicine, healthcare, Internet technology, and business to bring you the most comprehensive, sought-after healthcare information anywhere.
Our site is your one way stop to the whole world of medicine. Here you can find very useful medical information for the patients as well as the physicians.
MediClim is a health warning system that takes into account a multitude of weather parameters known to affect health, such as humidity, barometric pressure and temperature. MediClim can warn people when they are most susceptible to flare ups from migraine, asthma, arthritis or heart disease.
Medify has developed powerful technology to mine millions of these studies every day in order to “extract” key information about the patients in each study. Similar patients across studies are combined and their experiences organized around the topics you care about: conditions, treatments, experts, and hot research issues.
The result is quite possibly the largest database of real patient experiences - literally hundreds of millions of them - free and available to search online, often down to the finest, and most relevant, detail.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
Medscape offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the Web's most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools. After a simple, 1-time, free registration, Medscape automatically delivers to you a personalized specialty site that best fits your registration profile.
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A webspace built for the latest health information that will educate and entertain kids and adults alike. Discover our other popular features such as Health Calculators, Kids Health(c), and the Breast Cancer Guide in addition to the Virtual Body.
MedWorm collects updates from over 5000 authoritative data sources (growing each day) via RSS feeds.
My motivation, whether you are a member of the Mercola.com community, or have just heard about me for the first time, is to make you as healthy as you can possibly be.
MyHealthNewsDaily is a comprehensive and accessible source of news and information about the latest medical research and health news and trends. Our team of experienced reporters and editors get beyond the hype, jargon and fallacies to provide deep and broad analysis of everything from new treatments and fitness findings to the latest medical devices and orthopedic implants.
myOptumHealth.com is a consumer-focused health and wellness information site.
The site is targeted to “Dr. Mom” and offers her easy-to-understand, medically-reviewed, evidence-based content and helpful tools to help her make more informed health decisions for her and her family.
NewsRx publishes the largest weekly database of current medical news, disease research, and business reports for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, updating our online database with thousands of articles each week.
Find out what choice means in the 21st-century NHS and learn how you can take control of your health and treatment.
NORD is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.
Onhealth.com is an online, healthcare media publishing company. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers via its robust, user-friendly, interactive website.
Patient is the web’s leading independent health platform, established for over 15 years. With more than 18 million visits a month, it is a trusted source of information for both patients and health professionals across the globe.
Patient Power® is a service of Patient Power, LLC, based in Seattle and founded by two health communications pioneers, Andrew and Esther Schorr. They previously founded HealthTalk, a leader in support for people with chronic illnesses and cancer. Patient Power® is devoted to helping you and your family through knowledge, to get the best medicine and return to good health.
Making healthcare better for everyone through sharing, support, and research.
Medicare’s popular prescription-drug program now serves more than 35 million people, but the names of prescribers and the drugs they choose have never previously been public. Use this tool to find and compare doctors and other top prescribers in 2010.
Following are comparisons of effective radiation dose with background radiation exposure for several radiological procedures described within this website.
The most common illnesses are listed here. They include the most common communicable diseases and and common infectious diseases. Most common bacterial diseases and common viral diseases can be gotten over quickly or treated medically by a doctor. Since these are so common, there's definitely treatments for these diseases.
RightDiagnosis.com is one of the world’s leading providers of online medical health information. The site is an independent, objective source of factual, mainstream health information for both consumers and health professionals.
The RxList disease and condition listing contains explanations of many medical conditions and tests. Disease articles are written by U.S. Board Certified Physicians. To use the listing, browse the terms by selecting a letter.
Your source for the latest research news.
Whether you struggle with a chronic health issue or feel you want to improve aspects of your health. You’re in the
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Smart Patients is an online community where cancer patients and caregivers learn from each other about treatments, clinical trials, the latest science, and how it all fits into the context of their experience.
The Surgeon General serves as America's Doctor by providing Americans the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury. The Surgeon General is appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate for a 4-year term of office.
Investigate your body’s specific signs and signals, and let us guide you toward the next practical steps.
Syndromespedia is a blog site maintained by a professional doctor in order to inform the public about various syndromes.
A global leader in providing reliable, high-quality content to those seeking cutting-edge information about health, healthcare, and innovation.
This web site is dedicated to patient empowerment. Much of the information a physician uses to make a diagnosis comes from clinical laboratory tests and tissue biopsies.
The world’s first global blogging site specialising in medical issues
◾Reaching out to medical professionals and students as well as savvy consumers in the UK and abroad to keep them abreast of latest developments in their field
◾Featuring blogs from some of the world’s most eminent medical professionals including professors from Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, KCL and UCLA
Billions of people are facing serious health conditions — including many of us at The Mighty. It’s so easy to feel like we are facing these challenges alone. The truth is, we are all facing disability, disease and mental illness together.
But when we look online for help, all we often find is medical information. We want a community, too. That’s what The Mighty is building.
The Scientist reports on the most exciting discoveries and innovative trends across the spectrum of life science research.
TheHealthSite.com: Health advice - Made in India. For India.
The main goal of the Therapeutics Education Collaboration (TEC) is to provide physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, naturopathic physicians, other health professionals, and the public with current, evidence-based, practical and relevant information on rational drug therapy. The overall philosophy of the TEC is to encourage clinicians to engage in shared informed decision-making, critical thinking, and exercise some degree of healthy skepticism when it comes to the use of new and old medications.
Improving health and vitality by empowering people to visually understand and manage their health.
50+ Woman's Site for a Healthy Body, Mind, & Spirit Since 1997.
Treato helps patients and caregivers make more informed healthcare decisions by analyzing online conversations about medications and health conditions and sharing what others like you are experiencing and sharing online.
The Internet's leading resources for Evidence-Based Medicine. Allowing users to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice
UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions.
Australia’s leading source for trustworthy medical information written by health professionals.
At virtuwell we began with the idea that health care should be simple, convenient and affordable. We wanted to improve the convenience and accuracy of medical diagnosis and treatment services while cutting the costs in half. No pressure there!
Extensive clinical research, new medical interviewing technologies and smart nurse practitioners resulted in an online medical diagnosis and treatment service that helps consumers conveniently solve some of the most common medical conditions at much lower costs than traditional medical clinics.
At VoxHealth™, we want to improve online medical information and help people learn more about human disease. We analyze millions of anonymized medical records and provide you with the results. Straightforward search. Clear visuals. New insights.
There are many places on the internet that can help you discover why you might have certain medical symptoms. The great thing about using the internet in this way is that you can educate yourself more about symptoms, home remedies, allergic reactions and much more. The danger in using the internet to self-diagnose is that if you are not a medical professional, you risk misdiagnosis and could potentially hurt yourself or cause additional suffering.
WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information. You can trust that our content is timely and credible.
Health knowledge made personal.
Since its launch all those years ago, What Doctors Don't Tell You has been acknowledged as one of the world's very best health newsletters by several commentators, including leading publisher and health campaigner Burton Goldberg, leading holistic healer Dr John Diamond and the Holistic Health Library.
While the need for education in this area has clearly been established, there are no widely available resources that provide information to both patients and health care providers about the increased risk of cancer from medical imaging. X-RayRisk.com is an educational website that focuses on estimating this risk.
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YourDiagnosis is a Free online medical tool designed by Doctors and Software Developers to assist You. It will provide you with a confidential health report which you can print, email or take to your doctor.