Do-It-Yourself Doctoring Is on the Rise
An app a day could keep the doctor away. Why get prodded by strangers in sterile environments when you could do it yourself at home? App developers are working to outsource health care, letting consumers send children’s ear canal photos to pediatricians for remote diagnoses, swab themselves for cervical cancer or check their own hormone levels. Perky marketing phrases like “this is not a medical device” help skirt a lack of FDA approval, and the trend could remedy those who prefer to keep their private medical business to themselves.