PSFK Labs looks at technologies that allow laypeople to identify their own health issues and determine what next steps to take.

How often do you really need to see a doctor? You go through the hassle of making an appointment and taking time off from work, only to have them see you for five minutes and write you a prescription, or worse, confirm what you already knew. When you add the costs associated with in-person visits to that inconvenience, it’s no wonder people are looking for ways to take matters into their own hands, but how reliable is this DIY model of care?

Despite the wealth of information available through online medical sources and repositories of collected information from peers, it’s still difficult to whittle down the list of possible ailments and internet hearsay to make sense of sense of a laundry list of symptoms without some expertise. However, an emerging class of consumer-facing health technologies are helping people analyze their own conditions. Combining sensors, data analytics and intuitive interfaces, these diagnostic tools can be used to determine the best treatment options or whether a visit to a doctor is required.  This trend from PSFK Labs’ latest Future of Health report and is called DIY Diagnosis, exploring the simple technologies that are guiding patients in determining what ails them.

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