Rising trend in internet diagnoses


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Symptom checkers on the Internet have opened the doors for efficient diagnosis of physical conditions which doctors sometimes fail to identify.

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Rising trend in internet diagnoses

  1. 1. Rising Trend in Internet Diagnoses An Article by, Outsource Strategies International
  2. 2. The Rising Trend of Internet Diagnoses How often do you feel that doctors do not diagnose accurately? Reading reports of many people who’ve had their physical condition aggravate because doctors failed to heed the early warning signs would do its bit in reinforcing this opinion. So if doctors do not diagnose accurately at a brick and mortar medical practice, what’s the backup plan? Diagnosis at home through online symptom checkers of course! Get Your Diagnosis Online Internet symptom checkers are the new trend among Americans. These are run by doctors and there is a general encouragement from the healthcare sector to the public to use these online services before they meet a doctor at a healthcare practice. The reason?, Doctors believe these online pre-diagnoses actually help save time and increase the productivity of the consultations. Symptom checkers could also provide out-of-the-box diagnosis possibilities that doctors really would not have thought of at first. Many of these online diagnostic tools are actually reliable since they are run by real doctors who incorporate these tools in their websites. They include the diagnoses into the electronic medical records. The Isabel Story There are many instances where an Internet symptom checker called Isabel has actually helped patients get their symptoms properly identified. The Wall Street Journal has carried an article on Isabel, the online paid symptom checker started by UK-based Jason Maude and named for his 17-year-old daughter who developed an undetected life-threatening condition when she contracted chickenpox while she was 3. Dr. Mark Graber, Senior Fellow of RTI International, a nonprofit research organization, President of the organization called Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, and a doctor at New York’s Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, coauthored a study that was recorded in a 2007 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine which revealed Isabel had a 96% strike rate in suggesting the right diagnosis following a study of 50 patients with complex conditions. It also worked for 27-year-old Rick Ramirez from Salt Lake City, Utah who began to feel sharp pain in his buttocks, lower back and legs since November 2012. A visit to the doctor did not result in any successful diagnosis except for the suggestion that he would have to wear his belt looser. The pains were not ceasing but were affecting him intermittently. After many online symptom checkers he ended up with Isabel. After entering his symptoms the system came up with slipped or herniated disk as being the most common possibility while also providing him with more information about the disorder, following which Ramirez headed to an emergency care center armed with the Isabel data. The center took into account the research and conducted an MRI that confirmed the slipped disk pre-diagnosis. Other Internet Symptom Checkers Out There
  3. 3. There are also other reliable online symptom checkers around, notably those run by WebMD, Mayo Clinic, iTriage, A.D.A.M, and Healthychildren.org of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Considering the popularity of quick symptom checking among Americans, it is no surprise that so many have cropped up. Philips North America conducted a survey in December 2012 among more than thousand individuals in America which revealed that there were over 40% of the surveyed people who felt quite comfortable to check their symptoms online. 25% of them revealed that they used these online tools instead of visiting the doctor while another 25% said that they used them as often as their visits to the doctor. The future really seems bright for these Internet diagnostic tools. Once a novelty, these tools have now become vital means of improving the quality of healthcare administered to patients while also making the work of physicians and healthcare practices easier. [The information in this article was initially published on the website online.wsj.com.] About Outsource Strategies International Outsource Strategies International (OSI), a medical billing company in US, undertakes medical billing for multiple specialties. From demographic data entry to full practice management, OSI offers doctors the right solution to keep their practice functioning efficiently at all times. OSI provide medical billing collections and other services using either your medical billing software or ours. Our professionals can work on software packages such as Lytec, Medic, Misys, Inception, NextGen, Practice Admin, IDX and Medisoft. Get started with our Free Billing Analysis! Contact Details: 8596 E. 101st Street, Suite H Tulsa, OK 74133 Main: (800) 670 2809 Fax: (877) 835-5442 E-mail: info@managedoutsource.com URL: http://www.outsourcestrategies.com