Health search engine Healia will be getting some assistance from medical students to help answer questions in the community section of their site. The feature is a results of a partnership with the American Medical Student Association.
Between 75% and 80% of U.S. internet users have searched online for health information, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
If you've ever been in a health forum, you know that finding answers can get a little crazy. Oftentimes, it turns into a Worst Case Scenario portfolio.
Sites such as WebMD or MayoClinic.com provide good information, but if you have a nuanced question, they may not have what you're looking for.
It will be interesting to see if having med students on Healia can fill this gap in online health information. At the very least, it's great that tomorrow's doctors will experience how their patients approach health care online. Hopefully it can help them incorporate technology, internet, and even search into their practices.