Your.MD – symptom checker app

An app for people who would like to track health parameters, improve their wellbeing or sleep, or check symptoms.

Your.MD app By Your.MD
Features
  • Symptom checker
  • Health A–Z library
  • Wellbeing tracker
  • Self-assessments
  • Quizzes

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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? Yes
  • require a login? No
  • have password protection? No
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? Yes
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Cost Free

What does the app do?

The Your.MD app uses data you input to provide automated advice and guidance about your health. It has 4 main sections:

  • Self-care checker: A chatbot to help you decide if you should see a doctor, or if you can self-care. You can check your symptoms, do a self-assessment or ask a question.   
  • Health A-Z: A directory of information about hundreds of conditions and health topics. The Health A–Z topics can be accessed via the website.
  • OneStop Health: Has recommendations for health products and services to help your individual situation.
  • Health Journal: A journal feature to log, monitor and track your symptoms. 

Note: The app has a disclaimer that while it provides useful information, it's not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or the emergency services. Before acting on any of the information in the Your.MD app or symptom checker, consult with your doctor to make sure it is right for you. For the complete app description, go to the app website or Google Play, or for a more detailed review, see Reviews

PROS CONS 

✔ Seems to do best with acute cases.

✔ Self-assessment questionnaires for HIV risk, postnatal depression, alcohol misuse, ADHD, depression, autism, social anxiety, body dysmorphia, PTSD, contraception, generalised anxiety disorder, fertility, eating disorders and daytime sleepiness.

✔ Large database of health articles that appear to be sourced from the NHS.

✔ Health journal with various tracking options. Syncs with Google Fit or Samsung Health.

✔ Multi-week sleep improvement and wellbeing health plans, eg, the wellbeing plan has you focus on one wellbeing topic per week for 4 weeks: get active, eat well, be mindful and improve sleep.

✘  No research available on the app’s accuracy. This type of app should have published research on its accuracy.

✘ The symptom checker featured poorly with our in-house testing:
- only works for those 18 years and older.
- correct diagnosis in 2/10 of cases assessed
- correct triage in 4/10 of cases assessed
- often doesn’t ask key questions
- the diagnosis sometimes doesn’t fit with the answers given
- the database seemed quite limited with some symptoms not being understood by the programme.

Review details

Date of review: October 2019
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 3.5.3
Download size: 9 MB

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References

  1. A literature review and meta‐analysis of drug company–funded mental health websites Acta Psychiatr Scand, 2013
  2. Beyond Dr. Google – the evidence on consumer-facing digital tools for diagnosis Diagnosis, 2018
  3. Evaluation of symptom checkers for self diagnosis and triage: audit study BMJ, 2015
  4. Online symptom checker diagnostic and triage accuracy for HIV and hepatitis C Epidemiol Infect. 2019 Jan

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Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team . Last reviewed: 21 Nov 2019