When Crowds Are Smarter Than Doctors

“My son feels like an old man. He suffers from constant, debilitating fatigue, painful body aches… he feels like he’s dying.”

Those are the words of a desperate mother. Her son Joseph had always been an active and athletic child, but starting at the age of 12, his health began to deteriorate inexplicably. Over the next 5 years, Joseph and his mother consulted with 14 different doctors, endured dozens of tests, and racked up more than $75,000 in medical expenses – but still couldn’t find answers. Continue reading When Crowds Are Smarter Than Doctors

Solving Your Medical Mysteries Online, with Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing as a Medical Tool: Interview with CrowdMed CEO Jared Heyman.

CrowdMed
 is an online medical crowdsourcing platform where people submit medical cases with information about symptoms, medical history, family history, and other pertinent data. Subsequently, the community of “medical detectives” suggests diagnoses and places point bets on the outcomes they think are most likely. CrowdMed’s patented prediction market algorithms aggregate the medical differential set by the crowd and distills it down to a probable list of diagnostic suggestions for each patient. Continue reading Solving Your Medical Mysteries Online, with Crowdsourcing

Patrick ‘McDreamy’ Dempsey Invests in CrowdMed

Actor Announces Investment in Crowdsourced Medical Diagnosis Platform.

Almost one in 10 Americans – and 350 million people globally – are affected by the approximately 7,000 different types of rare or difficult-to-diagnose medical conditions. With this investment, Dempsey is working with CrowdMed to help expand the platform and give an additional resource to those facing undiagnosed illnesses. Continue reading Patrick ‘McDreamy’ Dempsey Invests in CrowdMed