As any patient will tell you, having a rare or undiagnosed illness is immensely difficult. Doctors don’t know how to help you, and there are very few resources available. It can be crushing. As you feel yourself fall apart every day, fighting for a diagnosis can become extremely discouraging.
America is in the midst of an epidemic, and it’s killing the country.
The epidemic is called overspending on healthcare.
Because we work with a community of patients who are having trouble with the way some of our healthcare is structured in the United States, we tend to run into many patients who have expressed a lot of frustration with America’s healthcare system.
After seeing so many examples, we decided to do some research: were the people who use CrowdMed exceptions to the rule? Or was there something worse, something more prevalent, happening?
Doctor-to-be Neil Dubey ponders healthcare innovation, internet-empowered patients, and what it all means for the future of medicine.
As long as the Internet exists, patients will utilize it. Doctors have a unique opportunity to embrace and help shape the future of health, while engaging with patients who now have access to a world of open information and diverse input. Continue reading Diagnosing Medical Cases Online: Threat to Traditional Medicine?
Healthcare is costly, but it’s no easy task trying to reduce costs without compromising care. One answer might be found in the wisdom of the crowd, or in crowdsourced medical diagnosis which is already helping doctors, patients and healthcare providers more quickly identify many conditions that would otherwise take months or years to figure out. Continue reading Using Crowd Wisdom to Significantly Cut Healthcare Costs