Dr. Google to the rescue … Now here’s a productive use of the internet. The way physicians have diagnosed recently, anything is welcome. Anything is a good thing as long as it’s reliable information. Let’s just hope the doctors don’t bring the PC into the operating room and start searching, “how to” operate on the heart.
Researchers found that almost six-in-10 difficult cases can be solved by using the world wide web as a diagnostic aid.
Misdiagnosis is still a common occurrence in the medical profession despite all the tools available such as the blood tests and state of the art scanning equipment. (Daily Mirror)
The only problem I see with this is actually teaching the doctor how to use the computer … speaking from experience, of course.
In the long run doctors are still ultimately responsible for making the diagnostic decision from experience and knowledge. Its good to know they have a new resource at their disposal.