Millennials are connected to each other, and they trust each other, rather than institutions and manufacturers. If a millennial wants to quit smoking for example, he will often search for related blogs and social media resolution posts from others who have been through the same experience to get advice and support from those people.
If you think you might be sick, here's an idea: Ask a doctor what they think.
The Human Dx platform aims to improve the accuracy of individual physicians.
Sometimes when you’re feeling ill, the only thing worse than uncertainty is a little bit of knowledge. Start searching for more information about your symptoms, and you’ll be sent spiraling, each twitch and twinge a signifier of some unfolding tragedy.
It’s time for medical ethics to migrate online. The question is: Can Dr. Google abide by one of the main tenets of the Hippocratic oath, which doctors swear to at the beginning of their medical practice? Primum non nocere—”First, do no harm.”
So why isn't access to doctors more electronic? Confidentiality is one concern, and not every patient wants to text -- but a lot more than ten percent do.
It turns out that only professional journals and colleagues outrank search engines, and 46 percent of physicians cite Google and its ilk as frequent sources of information. Sorry drug reps, better luck next time...
Despite what many might say, Google is a powerful tool with great potential for health and medicine, if we go about this the right way. One entity that understands this is Google itself. The company has partnered with world-class health and medical institutions, such as Harvard and Mayo Clinic, to improve the accuracy and usefulness of online symptom searching. One thing is for sure: giving up and telling people not to google their symptoms is counterproductive and may even be a missed opportunity.
DDx is medical shorthand for differential diagnosis, and this is a podcast about how doctors think and learn on the job. It’s hosted by Dr. Raj Bhardwaj and is produced by Figure 1, the global knowledge-sharing platform for medicine.
Dr. Lisa Sanders recreates hard-to-solve medical case studies.