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Tags: highlights, crowdsourcing, tech, change Link: https://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/vol20/iss11/4 Summary: These authors explore solving medical mysteries through the wisdom of the crowd—but what’s the incentive for healthcare providers to participate?

# Medical Crowdsourcing: Harnessing the “Wisdom of the Crowd” to Solve Medical Mysteries

Medical crowdsourcing offers hope to patients who suffer from complex health conditions that are difficult to diagnose. Such crowdsourcing platforms empower patients to harness the “wisdom of the crowd” by providing access to a vast pool of diverse medical knowledge.

An interesting application of crowdsourcing. What’s the incentive for healthcare providers to participate, though? I’m not sure doctors can bill for participation in Figure 1. I think the main reason they engage at all is curiosity, and that would likely degrade if, as the authors of the linked study discuss, there was a lot of “noise” from uninteresting posts by patients who aren’t medically literate.