I would agree with a gentleman here, somewhere in the thread, that "discovery is not a problem" !
For minor ailments, we go to the nearest doctor, whose sign-board we see, near our residence or work.
For major ailments, we all know a few reputed hospitals which are there in our city or town, or may be the lucky ones, which can go to a metro for treatment, find out the most reputed hospital there and just go.
You go inside the that hospital, talk to the doctor and try to gauge things. This is a repetitive and costly affair.
But then, for major and life threatening ailments, both cost and time as it is, becomes immaterial.
Even after doing these repetitive steps, the problem remains, the decision, which doctor to choose.
So, I feel, discovery and decision are not related, they are completely different and decision is the real problem to solve.
the problem with review and ratings unlike a physical product with static case, every patient is unique with humongous variables.
what could work in one case, would not probably work in 99% of other cases.
so how would you trust the ratings and reviews given by other patients for a doctor?
For eg: In my father's case, the cancer was detected in the last stage. The metastasis was vast. The ratings and reviews of a patient whose diagnosis was done in second stage is of no use for me.
The bigger problem after deciding the doctor, is to decide the way of treatment. People just blindly follow, whatever doctor says, because they have not studied biology after standard 10th. And with all due respect to the doctor(s) here, the days of Mr.Hippocrates are long gone. Medicines and doctors are not "effing" charity, not that they should be, but what actually happens, we all know.
Yes, the variables can be narrowed down and may be you give a match that with 55% of disease+history match with patient A, the disease was cured in Y months, so there is a X% probability that in your case with this doctor the disease would be cured.
And for this a vast repository of data is needed. The problem with data is three folds:
- Access 2. Fragmentation in formats and content 3. Updation of data
Users are not going to let you access their confidential medical records, even if you get once, how would you keep them updated.
Parsing those records in a standardised manner is the other challenge.
So, the problem is really tough: how to decide on doctor and how to decide on way of treatment in which one is not looted and cheated by the parties involved.
Its a kind of tough problem. Really tough one !