online self-diagnosis

By Laura Lovett 03:41 pm August 3, 2018
Using the internet to self-diagnose that weird rash on your arm is fairly common. But the verdict is still out on whether or not direct-to-consumer diagnostic apps are effective or safe, according to a new review published in the journal Diagnosis.  “Apps were found to vary widely in functionality, accuracy, safety and effectiveness, although the usefulness of this evidence was limited by a...
By Jonah Comstock 10:18 am June 10, 2015
Asking "Dr. Google" about a medical problem isn't just a questionable way to get good answers -- it's also a potential security risk, according to research by Tim Libert, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student, who was recently featured on NPR's All Tech Considered. "Anything that is happening on the web today is pretty much completely unregulated," Libert told NPR's Robert Siegel. "There...
By Jonah Comstock 04:47 am March 8, 2013
Source: Ruder Finn mHealth Report Several surveys were released this past week at -- or coinciding with -- HIMSS, focusing on different areas of consumer engagement in digital health. The Atlantic surveyed 1,000 US residents, finding that only 12 percent had emailed or texted their doctors. A Ruder Finn survey of more than 1,000 US adults found that 16 percent of smartphone and tablet users...
By Brian Dolan 03:35 am January 15, 2013
When it comes to looking for health information online, consumers have had fairly consistent behaviors over the past 12 years. A new report, Online Health 2013, from The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that of the 81 percent of US adults who use the internet, 72 percent have gone online to look for health information in the past year. Some 59 percent of that...