Paging Dr. Google…

By: Alley Goodroad

By: Alley Goodroad

A couple of weeks ago, we covered how people are turning to Amazon Echo’s Alexa for health advice. But, what’s happens if you do not own an Echo? Obviously, the emergency room is the place for a serious ailment. However, for minor circumstances, people are turning to Google for help.

The trend to seek out answers using the popular search engine is steadily growing.

The chart countries where large numbers of inhabitants rely on medical information pulled from Google. The percentages increased from 2006 to 2016 for all countries featured, according to Eurostat. In Luxembourg, almost three-quarters of respondents said that they had turned to the web for health-related information – an increase of 44 percentage points on 2006.

While it may seem to be a positive people are proactively seeking help, there is no attesting to the quality of information obtained. The resources may not be reputable. As a result, good intentions may be lead to confusing results. This a prime example of where tech can aid and/or hurt a person’s chances of getting the help deserved.

Alley Goodroad is a tech geek and digital media strategist at heart. She consults for start-ups, mid-sized businesses, and Fortune 50 companies. Recently, the Houston Business Journal nominated Alley for a Top 40 Under 40 award to honor advances in the digital space. Her other hobbies include coffee-ing, running, and playing with Brooklyn (an adorable Shih Tsu).

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