When you are struck with a common ailment, there are unlimited resources at your fingertips to learn more about the disease and get treatment. But even in this day and age, some doctors are left scratching their head as patients go from specialist to specialist without answers.
That’s where CrowdMed wants to fill in the gaps by crowdsourcing your diagnosis. According to founders, the average patient on CrowdMed is someone who has unsuccessfully sought treatment for an average of eight years, without official diagnosis. Users who aren't searching for a diagnosis can sign up as a “medical detective" to get started browsing through active cases. Medical detectives can earn a better reputation and gain influence the more they help discuss symptoms and medical history with other users.
The site claims its medical detectives include the likes of medical students, retired physicians, nurses, scientists, naturopaths and regular joes who just enjoy a good medical mystery. The founders cite thousands of patients that have already received a correct diagnosis.