Evaluating The Evaluators Of Online Medical Information
from the how-about-evaulating-the-evaluators-of-the-evaluators? dept
There have been a ton of stories about how you can’t really trust online medical information. While this has just made some people more skeptical of what they read online, others saw it as a business opportunity. A number of services have opened up, saying that they will evaluate online medical information for people who need that information. The NY Times takes a look at those evaluation services and wonders if people are getting their money’s worth or just getting ripped off. The idea certainly sounds valid. If you have a certain medical condition, and want to know about new treatments or research being done in that area – it might help to have an expert who can quickly guide you to what is legitimate. It also sounds like many of the services do have happy customers. One of the complaints is that all the information is already available for free, without these fee-based services. But, people aren’t paying for the information – they’re paying for the filter and the additional knowledge around that disease that they might not have heard about.