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Journal Article

Comparison of physician and computer diagnostic accuracy.

Semigran HL, Levine DM, Nundy S, et al. JAMA internal medicine. 2016;176:1860-1861.

Information technology approaches have been advocated as a means of preventing diagnostic error. This study compared the diagnostic accuracy of computerized symptom checkers (software programs that use diagnostic algorithms based on patients' self-reported symptoms to suggest diagnoses) with that of practicing physicians. Physicians consistently arrived at more accurate diagnoses across a variety of simulated cases.