A Crowd and a Source
Crowdsourcing’s basic premise, that individual knowledge can never match collective wisdom, applies to diagnostic medicine as well. Well-trained physicians and other health professionals typically diagnose health conditions. But some things confound even the experts, and even the experts confound some things.
Imagine a future where diagnoses are made or confirmed by a cast of thousands. It’s starting right now: If you have an unsolved medical case, you can submit your symptoms to the crowd-sourced CrowdMed website.
Scores of “Medical Detectives” track incoming cases and, if they feel they can offer insight, they’ll jump in to try and make or confirm the diagnoses. If a detective makes the right call, he or she may get a cash reward. The successful detective gets to keep the reward or donate it to a charity that funds treatment for patients in need. The patient uses the diagnosis to seek treatment.
Submitting a case is free and confidential. Becoming a Medical Detective is also free, and you don’t need to be a physician to make diagnoses or earn rewards — just have good medical instincts. Detectives with verified health credentials can also join an expert review board, for which patients pay a fee to use. For more information, visit crowdmed.com.