Physicians Begin to Embrace Online Symptom-Checkers
Physicians have begun to embrace online symptom-checkers and similar self-diagnostic tools as a way to make consultations more productive, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
More than 40 percent of Americans are comfortable using an online symptom-checker, according to a Philips North America survey cited in the report, and physicians are increasingly encouraging patients to take advantage of these tools to compile a list of symptoms and begin to explore possible diagnoses, making appointments more efficient.
"[Patients] get better and smarter questions to come to their doctor with" after using these tools, said George Reynolds, MD, physician and CIO at Omaha (Neb.) Children's Hospital & Medical Center, in the report.
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