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Can Crowdsourcing Beat Dr. House?
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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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4/18/2014 | 12:30:01 PM
Weigh in, doctors
I am curious to hear what doctors think of this idea. The dark side would be if a patient invested a lot of time in a crazy theory. Weigh in please, health pros. 
Alison_Diana
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4/18/2014 | 4:50:27 PM
Wisdom of the Crowd
Having been in a similar position at one point, passed from doctor to doctor and receiving no real assistance (although most were very nice), I understand the allure of asking "the crowd" for suggestions. These could include the type of condition, which type of doctor to see, and what to do next, all good information when you're running into medical dead-ends. I think it was smart to allow the general public to participate as detectives if they know enough about a certain condition. It would be interesting to see the software in action, to see how the crowd performed in test cases where the diagnosis was known to testers but not the system or its detectives. 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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4/19/2014 | 11:38:12 AM
Re: Wisdom of the Crowd
Alison, 

Very interesting. 

 "At the end of her struggle she ended up knowing more about her disease than most doctors because she ended up living it."

Exactly. This is precisely what many doctors fail to understand. 

It's infuriating when they think they can know more about how you feel, or what is normal or not in you than yourself. They love generalizing. Having the possibility of consulting the "crowd" sounds like a great idea that could help lots of people with not so easy diagnoses. At least, it's better than having the opinion of only one person who might be wrong. 

-Susan 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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4/19/2014 | 9:04:12 PM
Re: Wisdom of the Crowd
@Alison yes, sometimes doctors have rather limited views. For example, a doctor prescribed a medication for me once that made me feel very sick. I called her to ask about it because I saw the insert warned about just that side-effect. She just brushed it off, saying her patients had never complained. Right, so even if she has had several hundred patients taking that medication, that hardly represents the entire population.  But Dr. House would likely not ever trust the crowd over his own intellect. 
Juan MarioI563
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4/20/2014 | 4:50:56 PM
Re: Wisdom of the Crowd
Really interesting Alison, thanks!

I think that you would be really interested in some of the most cutting-edge research that I have come across explaining crowds, open innovation, and citizen science. 

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1919614

And you may also enjoy this blog about the same too: 

https://thecrowdsociety.jux.com/


 Powerful stuff, no?

 
Susan Fourtané
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4/21/2014 | 4:01:30 AM
Re: Wisdom of the Crowd
Ariella, 

"She just brushed it off, saying her patients had never complained."

Maybe they all died before they could reach her. Seriously, she could kill someone if she thinks the side-effects won't affect anyone, ever. 

Once something similar happened to me. Since then, I always do my own little research on the Internet before even going to the pharmacy. 

Dr.House? I'd love to have a Dr.House around. 

-Susan

 
Alison_Diana
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4/21/2014 | 9:42:06 AM
Re: Wisdom of the Crowd
In my quest for a diagnosos I had the same experience, @Susan. The doctor, who had zero bedside manner, thought both the condition and the side effect were in my head -- until my husband told him about how this medication totally changed me. I took this medicine about 10 years ago; since then, I have read hundreds of posts on sites about the awful experiences people have had while on it. Yet this physician didn't want to hear one word about it. I understand pharmaceutical companies cannot ever replicate the tests that occur when real patients take medication for real conditions. Sites like CrowdMed give patients a useful way to share their insights and, perhaps, prevent people with the same condition from duplicating their mistakes.

The technology behind the system is what drives the crowd-given engine, a technology the founder wouldn't discuss too much because it is patented and viewed as their business differentiator. Like a stock market predictor, CrowdMed's tech uses the wisdom of the crowd to analytically discern which responses are most likely to be accurate, then shares that info with the person posing the question. 
Alison_Diana
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4/21/2014 | 9:46:17 AM
Re: Wisdom of the Crowd
Thank you, @Juan, for sharing this research on crowd wisdom and citizen science. I look forward to exploring the page (already bookmarked!) later this week when I have a little more time. This is a really exciting area. Not a scholar in this area by any means, the concept of crowd wisdom makes sense: When you think about it, that's how we evolved to where we are today, by each of us telling friends and family and lore getting passed down from generation to generation, from village to village. Using the power of today's tools and technologies, we can really harness fact from fiction, truth from innuendo, to reap invaluable data and knowledge from millions of connected individuals. And this is only the beginning. Very exciting!
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Ariella,
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4/22/2014 | 9:36:43 PM
Re: Wisdom of the Crowd
"Maybe they all died before they could reach her" LOL @ Susan. Yes, or maybe they just left her practice then. I did.
Susan Fourtané
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4/22/2014 | 11:22:08 PM
Re: Wisdom of the Crowd
Ariella, 

"or maybe they just left her practice then. I did."

That's the reason why you are still alive.

Those "doctors" should pass certain controls from time to time to make sure they are not killing people, or making their condition worse. 

-Susan
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