The internet is increasingly home to reams of information that patients can use to self-diagnose before they contact a health professional, but this wealth of data may either be poorly-researched or may not even be relevant to them. We’ve already seen Cureus try to tackle the first of these issues by placing peer-reviewed papers straight onto the web, and now Israel’s Medivizor is a search tool that offers results personalized to each user.
Currently open to those looking for information on breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, colorectal cancer, and melanoma, Medivizor users first sign up and enter details about themselves and their condition – or those of the person they’re caring for. The service then delivers relevant news and updates that may help them learn more about their condition and what it means for them. The research on the site is curated based on quality, ease of comprehension and whether it includes actionable options for patients to pursue. Medivizor doesn’t aim to do away with professional opinion, but instead empowers patients to do their own reliable research they can then share with their doctors. The following video explains more about the concept:
Medivizor is currently invitation-only and hopes to expand to include other conditions in the near future. When it comes to serious medical illnesses, how else can patients ensure the information they find on the web is accurate?
Spotted by: Tracy Chong
We’ve already seen CrowdSend tap the crowds to help consumers identify unlabelled products in online images. Improving on this concept, myStorey is a new platform that enables users to create curated digital pinboards, with photo-tagging capabilities to let friends know where they bought the items.
The idea behind the site is that people can tell their stories through the things they own. Aimed at sharing between close friends and relatives, myStorey provides a pinboard for users to upload images of products, which they can tag with rich information – from the people in the photo and the location it was taken, to what clothes they’re wearing and where they got them from. The tags act as a kind of passive referral system for brands and outlets, while users benefit through recommendations from people they trust. Users can perform price comparisons on the site and also receive notifications when something they’ve interacted with has gone on sale. Tags are made discrete by only showing up when an image is hovered over, meaning users can enjoy it more as a social tool than a place to be advertised to.
myStorey goes some way to better integrate social sharing with digital identification and online shopping, with big aims to compete with established sites such as Pinterest, The Fancy and Stipple. One to keep an eye on for the future?
Spotted by: Murray Orange
It feels like its been a while since we did a fun friday around here. So here goes.
How do you like your morning cup of coffee?
I go with the Cortado, ideally in a shot glass. Here's one from Kava, the coffee shop near my home in the far west village.
So how do you take your morning cup? Photos please.