Google and Healthcare

The BBC News has an interesting article today regarding how a team of researchers utilized Google to discover correct diagnosis based upon input symtoms. While interesting and amusing, it is yet another example of the continued pervasiveness and movement toward using the web for collective intelligence.

Using internet search engine Google can help doctors diagnose tricky cases, researchers have said.

A team of Australian doctors Googled the symptoms of 26 cases for a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In 15 cases, the web search came up with the right
diagnosis, the paper published on the British Medical Journal website
reports.

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