Crowdsourcing Medical Diagnoses


CrowdMed [is] a company where patients with difficult-to-diagnose ailments post their symptoms online, offering cash rewards to people in exchange for correct assessments.

The company was founded in 2012 after [Jared] Heyman watched his sister struggle with a rare disease known as fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency. CrowdMed’s target audience is people with so-called orphan diseases, those that affect fewer than 200,000 people.

“We’re not looking for patients who haven’t seen a doctor yet”, says Heyman. “We’re looking for patients who have seen two or three doctors and don’t have a diagnosis they think satisfies their symptoms”.

Via Bloomberg Businessweek for the full story.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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