Doctors 'vastly outperform' symptom checker apps
This being said, the use of computer programs can be useful in reducing diagnostic error - as long as the symptom checkers are accurate.
This research highlights the need for future work to improve the performance of these programmes.
It will probably be many years until an application becomes sophisticated enough to replace your GP, but these types of applications could one day be a useful tool in a doctor's (virtual) kitbag.
"Doctors correctly diagnose illness 'twice as often as online symptom checkers'," The Sun reports. A US study ran a head-to-head comparison between doctors and a symptom checker platform called Human Dx using what are known as clinical vignettes.
Links to Headlines
Doctors correctly diagnose illness 'TWICE as often as online symptom checkers'. The Sun, October 10 2016
Links to Science
Semigran HL, Levine DM, Nundy S. Comparison of Physician and Computer Diagnostic Accuracy. JAMA Internal Medicine. Published online October 10 2016
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