The bot proposes free, trustworthy and personalised health information and consulting.
After getting started, the chatbot displays different options to choose from: «I feel unwell», «Medical questions» and «Something else». Before testing the chatbot, we were very much wondering whether the bot could 'guess' a diagnosis. The asking questions at the «Medical question» category was just a prelude to «I feel unwell». Thus, the chatbot provides relevant articles about your health problems and offers several possible diagnoses. We may consider the «Medical questions» category to be a brief, modern medical encyclopedia.
We asked the bot to give us a diagnosis of our bogus ailment. The chatbot asked for all the symptoms. The database of the symptoms is fairly good. Our first trial was not quite successful. It recommended that we visit a doctor immediately. Congratulations, the chatbot works and the recommendation is the best one ever. We tried the bot again, pretending to have a cold, and we were given an article about the common cold and sinusitis.
Two other diagnoses have also been generally detected.
First and foremost, the bot is, merely, a general guidance for diseases only. It, in no cases, can replace consulting your doctor, especially for serious ailments. That is the biggest con.
In addition, the bot does not prescribe medicine but this is a pro, avoiding incorrect self-treatment
Frankly, we expected our diagnoses to be quick and properly set. This is what everyone wishes to get from such a bot. Nevertheless, we are giving it a 5 star rating. This bot is a significant step up among medical chatbots. Most likely, in the future, medical bots will be connected with sensors to the human body and people will be treated without choosing options in a gadget. However, for today , the YourMD bot is good itself; as well as a good background for future developments.