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FreeMd.com analyzes symptoms, provides advice on medication, therapy

BY Antoinette Alexander

ORLANDO, Fla. DSHI Systems, a physician-led medical technology company, has teamed up with Medline Plus to develop a new site dubbed FreeMD.com. The site is basically a virtual doctor who conducts an interview, analyzes symptoms and provides expert advice.

FreeMD uses artificial intelligence to control a video doctor who asks questions and shows pictures. The virtual doctor analyzes more than 3,000 symptoms and injuries in infants, children and adults.

“Consumers are on their own when making the decision to see a doctor,” Stephen Schueler, founder of DSHI Systems, said. “Do they go to the emergency room, urgent care center, doctor’s office or the nurse retail clinic? How does the average person know what to do?”

FreeMD’s advice includes answers to such questions as: What might be causing my symptoms? Do I need to see a doctor? Where should I go for care? How do I care for myself?

The interview then creates a Web page that contains care instructions and a personal health record. Consumers may email the record to their doctor or print a copy and take it with them. This is designed to help consumers to be better prepared for a doctor visit. FreeMD has created more than 130,000 personal health records in the past three months.

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