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Symptom Checker Coming of Age

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

The IOM report on ‘Improving Diagnosis in Medicine’ that was published last month made a big call to bring the patient into the diagnostic process. This seems to have coincided with a much greater interest in symptom checkers, with new options coming to the market.

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Topics: symptom checker

Not Sleeping Well? 4 Facts to help you sleep better

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Sleep is a truly fascinating subject for health and wellbeing. Up until the 1920’s, we thought the that brains simply switched off during sleep and rebooted when we awoke. Although we now know it’s a lot more complex than that, there are still many questions being asked when it comes to what we do in the land of nod. Understanding the way we sleep can help you greatly when it comes to having enough energy in the day and feeling rested. We’ve put together and condensed some of the most interesting facts known about sleep to help you get to grips with your own sleeping habits. There is of course, a lot more information out there, and we’re only touching on everything with these 4 facts, but have a read and start improving the quality of your sleep.

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Topics: symptom checker, sleep difficulty

How Keeping a Travel History could save your life

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

We hope you’re all almost ready for your holidays this year; you’ve had your vaccinations, you know about sun safety and protecting yourself from bites and stings. But if we asked you this question could you answer it straight away - Where have you travelled to in the last 10 years? If you’re lucky enough to go on holiday abroad every summer, there’s probably quite a few destinations on that list, and knowing the risks and conditions associated with these places could greatly help diagnose you if you become ill.

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Topics: symptom checker

WHO World Blood Donor Day 2015 - How to save a life

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

This week Sunday 14th June sees the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual “World Blood Donor Day.” This event was established in 2004, and is designed to raise awareness of the importance of donating blood to ensure quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need. It also serves as a thank you to those who have donated and continue to donate blood. Blood donations quite literally save lives, and one pint of your blood could save up to 3 adults or children.

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Topics: symptom checker

Stuff You Should Know About Symptom Checkers

Posted by Jason Maude on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 @ 07:18 AM

There is increasing coverage and discussion in the press about the empowered consumer and all the tools that are now available for people to use to help be empowered. The symptom checker is one of the key tools that consumers should use as it helps make sense of all the data such as symptoms, abnormal test results or abnormal readings from the various monitors that are now available.

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Topics: symptom checker, symptoms, symptom checkers

“The Biggest Mistake Doctors Make” is diagnostic

Posted by Jason Maude on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 @ 12:53 PM

The Wall Street Journal ran a special report on healthcare this week and included two great articles that both referred to the Isabel diagnosis decision support tool:

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Topics: diagnostic error, Differential diagnosis, symptom checker, patient safety

Why we should be guiding patients from the start

Posted by Jason Maude on Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

A study entitled ‘The Ecology of Medical Care Revisited’ from the NEJM of June 2001 graphically shows how important it is to try and guide and influence the patient from a very early stage in order to ensure appropriate flows into primary and secondary care. Encouraging patients to use a symptom checker could be one way to help them at that crucial stage when they are considering seeking care.

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Topics: symptom checker, primary care

Patients’ Diagnostic Accuracy is Better than Physicians!

Posted by Jason Maude on Mon, Oct 07, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

Perhaps a controversial headline but a study recently appeared in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) ‘Physicians' diagnostic accuracy, confidence and resource requests which revealed some rather shocking figures about the levels of physicians’ diagnostic accuracy, confidence and the contribution to diagnostic accuracy made by lab tests and imaging.

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Topics: symptom checker, symptom checkers, patient engagement, diagnostic decision support

Symptom checker featured in Daily Mail article

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 @ 10:58 AM

Yesterday the Daily Mail ran an article entitled “How to avoid misdiagnosis: The online ‘doctor’ even GPs swear by

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Topics: Misdiagnosis, symptom checker, online doctor

Use a symptom checker to help decide whether CT scan is necessary

Posted by Jason Maude on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 @ 08:41 AM

USA Today ran a very interesting article yesterday about the benefits and risks of CT scans.

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Topics: symptom checker, CT scan, medical tests

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