Infographic: The Link Between Digital Health and Self Diagnosing
(ED NOTE:Oh, no, just great. Just when things started calming down around the water cooler after the tremendous hub bub about the 3D Printing of bone in Japan, along comes one of a doctor’s least favorite words, “self-diagnosis”. The only word worse is “self-pay”. To lift the mood, as chief editor, I must whip out the heavy artillery. No, not an article about “Exotic Dancers”, but one with the favored, tried and tested “Infographic”. Here is one for you and them!)
June 18, 2013 — By Jared Reitzin
Nearly two-thirds of Americans now turn to online and mobile resources to research their medical questions and whatever ails them. Approximately half of these individuals then go on to diagnose themselves.
Understandably, this reality has raised no shortage of concerns among healthcare professionals.
“You need a healthcare professional to break it down for you — that’s what we are trained to do,” says Dr. Chris Balgobin of Fairview Clinics. “Yes, there are delayed diagnoses. Finding that right provider that will listen to you and help engage you in an active discussion about your health. A physical exam is a huge part of this, too.”
A recently published infographic highlights the emerging trend of self-diagnosis and points to some alarming problems that must be addressed.