Doctors often throw large amounts of complex information at patients in a short amount of time, leading the newly diagnosed to turn to “Dr. Google” for a second opinion on their conditions.
Most individuals, however, lack the ability to determine whether that information is credible and trustworthy, and to interpret what they read appropriately.
The confusion can lead to missed tests, unnecessary trips to the emergency room and poor compliance with treatment regimens—all of which add up to an estimated $106 billion to $238 billion in additional costs to the U.S. economy per year.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center is opening a health information center that will provide an alternative for patients to learn about their conditions. The hospital held a ribbon-cutting for the new center Monday.