Symcat Diagnoses Your Health Symptoms And Then Tells You What To Do

You've got aches and pains, perhaps a hodgepodge of symptoms. You just want to know what you might have and whether to self-treat, see your doctor, or (oh no) go to the ER. Symcat is a diagnostic tool to help you out.

The smart webapp walks you through what a medical professional might ask in a quick background check, from what your symptoms are and how long you've been experiencing them to how old you are and your gender and family history of diseases. Symcat then uses clinical data (aggregate patient health records) to predict what could be wrong and give you advice.

This isn't a great tool for hypochondriacs, of course and you shouldn't rely completely on online symptom checkers like these for all your health needs, but Symcat's intelligent diagnosis — the way it covers both symptoms and your background (anonymously, too) — makes it worth bookmarking. There's an Android app too.

Symcat [via The Atlantic]


    Looks nice, but I specified symptoms of one sided weakness and sudden inability to speak and it recommended seeing a GP if worried....
    Could probably be a little more forceful.

    I have back pain so it says "Warning. Go straight to the emergency room" wtf??
    Answer more questions and it says degenerative disk but then the results are for degenerative nerve disease which is completely different....
    2 out of 10....

    These sorts of self-diagnosis sites can be dangerous - I think any form of health concern should be taken to a GP in the first instance - too important to leave to a webpage.

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