A blog post at The Healthcare Marketer caught my eye last week. It highlighted an infographic called, “Dangers of Online Self-Diagnosis” (see below)
The title of that blog post, however, was “The Inevitability of Online Self-Diagnosis”. The author argued that while the information in the infographic is important and relevant, it is misleading, possibly because it was published by an insurance company.
Flaws aside, it’s common knowledge that patients are going online for health care information, and are using that information to help make self-diagnoses. Check out some of the statistics:
Now it’s over to you:
- Do you believe that the benefits of online self-diagnosis outweigh the risks? Or vice versa?
- Have you ever gone online to self-diagnose, or find health care information for yourself or a loved one?
- If you’re a health care provider, how does this affect how you provide care for your patients?
- As online self-diagnosis becomes more common, do we need to change the way we do things, both as providers and patients? If so, what changes are needed?