New platforms are using data to augment doctors’ decision-making abilities and optimize the overall cost of health care.

When you get sick, getting a diagnosis usually means paying a visit to the doctor's office or hospital to go through some tests and get their carefully considered diagnosis. Not only can this be a time consuming and stressful process, but we're forced to place a lot of trust in one person's opinion. Imagine if you were able to bypass this process entirely, getting an accurate diagnosis based on your past medical history simply by describing your symptoms. While this may seem like a futuristic solution, cutting edge healthcare providers are realizing this possibility by leveraging the power of big data to lower the cost of healthcare, augment doctor's abilities and even predict diseases before they spread.

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