One of the things the web has delivered to the world most effectively is a frightening degree of information about our health. Everywhere you look there are places where you can find out exactly how sick you are, in excruciating detail. Now there’s an even better way to learn, and it’s available on the web and in free app versions.
The Isabel Symptom Checker is a tool which is apparently gaining popularity even with seasoned professionals in the medical arena, and which offers up a database of over 6000 of the most common diseases. All you have to do is enter in some basic details of the patient and symptoms and the software will return a list of possible causes.
The cool thing is you can then go on to view the most common types, so you don’t waste time tracking down extremely rare African Weasel Warts and focus on the things that are most likely to be the problem. From there the software will send you to a Wikipedia page, along with a bunch of other online medical resources so you can research things in more detail before approaching a doctor.
The whole thing is fast, easy to use and definitely a great resource for those who prefer to take a measured response to minor symptoms rather than rush off to the doctor unnecessarily. Of course when things are more serious, this could also be a lifesaver, as long as you have enough time and energy to dig through the options. We also love the fact that you can either save, email of print off the diagnoses as needed, via a simple set of buttons on the results page.
It’s also great that the service is offered in a neat free smartphone app for both Apple and Android, which means you can carry it with you on the go, say on vacation, just in case. The only hassle is you need Internet access to use the app, which may be a problem in more remote destinations.
Overall this is a superb app in both versions, and made even better by the fact that it’s delivered by a registered charity and has a great back story (named after little Isabel Maude…). Grab it and keep it somewhere handy, because you never know when it might come in useful for friends or family.