Will self-diagnostic apps increase unnecessary concerns and create unnecessary appointments?

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Noticed this commentary on the MobiHealthNews “Shazam for Heartbeats” article over in the Vodafone “The Health Debate” Linkedin Group by John Murray, Vodafone’s mHealth Business Development Manager:


“This is an interesting concept and the article discusses other technologies that display the breadth of possibilities in mHealth. However, doesn’t the big increase in apps that enable self-diagnosis mean a big increase in unnecessary concerns? Or is the consequent increase in unnecessary appointments with healthcare professionals worth it if more people are able to spot true illness at an earlier stage?“


I think this is a common misconception about the mHealth market and I think there are lots of lessons to be learnt from other industry’s that have already successfully introduced electronic monitoring and diagnostic tools without this development (eg. the engine management system on my car isn’t sending me to the garage unneccessarily and when I do go it’s appropriate and timely).


I also think it’s important that we look for 21st century solutions to 21st century problems eg. instead of “going to an office” for a consultation we take the Doctor to the patient with a mobile video consultation supported with rich video resources.

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