What is the biggest challenge for health professionals over the next decade?

How about dealing with internet-informed patients?

That’s what some are saying in light of the recent Microsoft study. UK columnist John Naughton points out how variable the quality of health information is over the internet and that search engines aren’t designed to be diagnostic tools. Thus, they “have the potential to escalate medical concerns.”

Without physician interpretation to explain how it can apply to a specific patient situation renders much of the information on the web less than relevant.

There’s a reason why doctors need 10+ years of medical training.

topics: google, internet

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