Online symptom checkers failed one test, but aren’t out of the game yet

Is a symptom checker app ready to replace a real-life doctor? (Image via iStock) A recent audit by Harvard Medical School researchers tested 23 online symptom checkers and found them to be badly inaccurate.The study, which included industry leaders such as Isabel, Mayo Clinic and WebMD, concluded that “although the programs varied widely in accuracy of diagnoses and triage advice, as a whole they were astonishingly inaccurate”.The online systems ranged in accuracy from 71...

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