The Curious Case of Dr. Google
“I think what Google is doing is not such a bad thing. Like it or not, that’s where people are going for health information. It’s the future.” Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center hit the nail on the head. Google has taken over most of our lives when it comes to any sort of information and entertainment needed, and now they will be adding health information for over 900 conditions to their search engine.
What isn’t mentioned is no matter how credible the health information may be according to Google’s hired medical doctors, once you type in a single condition, you will receive thousands of documents on that illness. After receiving all documents, you will then have to sift through the overwhelming amount of information in order to read the information pertaining to your specific use case.
This is why a platform that gives you the medical information you need that is specific to your condition is highly pertinent in a world where anything can be searched for on the internet. With our platform at Willowglade, we are eliminating the broad spectrum of education online, and sending users information they need that is directly connected to where they are on their journey.
How is it we can specify educational documents to every user? Simply by having them take assessments that measure where exactly a patient is on their journey, and what their next steps are.
A platform as flexible as Willowglade’s can take any condition or illness and create technology based specifically to a user’s case. This is what is lacking in a database where anything and everything can be sent to you. Medically accurate or not. It’s incredible to have an abundance of information on any specific condition or illness, but it will only be useful if the user can find what exactly pertains to their current condition.
Read the full article from TIME Health here.
Article written by: Cydney Goldman, Business Analyst, Willowglade Technologies