OK I admit it I take the Daily Mail, I read the Daily Mail and I enjoy the "Good Health" articles on a Tuesday. I love Quentin Letts and Littlejohn and Richard Kay gets up my nose.
Seems our doctors have been using an online symptom checker for years.... well not all of them or we wouldn't have so much bother getting our hypothyroidism diagnosed.
Seems 51% of adults search the Internet for health advice rather than ask a doctor....Noooooooo really???
I put in as my symptoms:
Low body temp
Guess what came up???? Yes! Hypothyroidism....also Hashimotos and one or two others such as plant poisoning!!
Seems 55 practices in the Vale of York have had access to "Isabel" for 7 months.
"This system allows you to think outside the box. We don't use it for every patient but it is useful for complex cases"
the system costs around £1400 a year although there is a free version for patients to use.
The doctors say the costs are recouped because more patients are referred to the right consultant the first time. (ha ha ha ha!! sorry that's me)
Well I never...and we have been doing this for years and getting told we are hypochondriacs and shouldn't read all the rubbish on the Internet.
You couldn't make it up!!! ( Littlejohn)
[Link corrected by Admin 16:34 26/03/2013 - Added full stop]