So much has happened since our last update! We’ll cover it all, blow by blow. But first, here’s a quick explainer video…
The brain is almost complete…
This is the most revolutionary aspect of the app. And it’s almost perfected!
We’re almost done tinkering so that it thinks like a clinician. It considers all information, not just cherry-picked common symptoms. It understands the relative importance of each symptom and how it affects the diagnostic hierarchy.
Turning that process into a mathematical algorithm hasn’t been without challenges. But we’re really proud of the results to date.
The app screens and screen flow
When it comes to apps, usability is everything. Streamlining the user experience is vital to avoid frustration and the dreaded “UNINSTALL?” button.
We’ve got a great tech team bringing their know how and experience to this part of the game. They’ve added functionality and simplicity to the original design, improving it with every revision.
No screen shots that I can share yet but we’ll have a working version to play with shortly.
But why do we need a better online symptom checker?
We’ve previously covered why current online symptom checkers just don’t cut it. There’s a certain simplicity in the way they list a number of diagnoses based on a single common symptom.
Input: my foot hurts in the morning. Output: it’s probably Plantarfasciitis. Statistically true, given it’s a common problem, but that’s not overly helpful in the real world. You could find out similar info with a Google search.
Others provide a list of diagnoses that have a matching list of symptoms. Better, but still very limited.
Add in “it aches at rest” and you’ll get “No injury matches your criteria“. So either you ignore other symptoms or you’re not really injured…