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Crowdsourcing: Could It Provide a Faster, More Accurate Medical Diagnosis?

In recent years, crowdsourcing has surged in popularity as a way to solicit contributions from a large group of people. It can be in the form of needed services, ideas or content. And when it comes to seeking a medical diagnosis, receiving opinions from potentially hundreds of strangers online is convenient, but are they accurate? […]

In recent years, crowdsourcing has surged in popularity as a way to solicit contributions from a large group of people. It can be in the form of needed services, ideas or content. And when it comes to seeking a medical diagnosis, receiving opinions from potentially hundreds of strangers online is convenient, but are they accurate? And does crowdsourcing lead to a correct diagnosis quicker than visiting a doctor?

Dr. Ashley Meyer and Dr. Hardeep Singh with the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine sought to answer these questions. They tell Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin what medical crowdsourcing is and whether it’s an effective tool to pinpoint medical problems.

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