CrowdMed Grows Online Medical Diagnostics with CrowdFlower

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Pioneering medical firm chooses CrowdFlower Platform to crowdsource patient diagnoses.

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We chose CrowdFlower because it gave us the broadest access to crowd contributors and a sophisticated platform we could tailor to grow with our application.

CrowdFlower, the leader in crowd microtasking, today announced that CrowdMed, pioneer of crowdsourced medical diagnoses, has selected the CrowdFlower Platform to submit its cases to the crowd. CrowdMed harnesses the “wisdom of crowds” to help solve even the world’s most difficult medical cases quickly and accurately online.

“We chose CrowdFlower because it gave us the broadest access to crowd contributors and a sophisticated platform we could tailor to grow with our application,” said Jared Heyman, CEO of CrowdMed. “So far the results have been extremely positive, and we can focus on building the world’s most sophisticated crowdsourced medical diagnosis platform rather than the complexity of crowd management.”

CrowdMed’s process begins when a patient completes an online patient questionnaire, which requests information including the patient’s symptoms, medical history, family medical history, basic demographics, medications, lifestyle, and other details. CrowdMed then invites hundreds of Medical Detectives (MDs) to collaborate on solving cases using a patented prediction market technology. The final result is a short list of personalized, insightful diagnostic suggestions for the patient to discuss with his or her doctor, with an estimated probability of accuracy assigned to each suggested diagnosis.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of running CrowdFlower is seeing the innovative and wonderful applications of crowdsourcing our customers dream up,” said Lukas Biewald, CEO of CrowdFlower. “The fact that CrowdMed is using the crowd to help people who have been suffering is truly inspirational.”

Organizations of all kinds use the CrowdFlower Platform to create jobs that classify content, analyze sentiment, improve search performance, moderate text and photo content, and perform many other data-intensive processes. CrowdFlower’s lets users launch microtasks to a crowd of over five million workers. The cloud platform makes it easy to get high-quality results from the crowd, with sophisticated job design tools, advanced quality control mechanisms, and worker targeting.

About CrowdMed

CrowdMed is revolutionizing healthcare by harnessing “the wisdom of crowds” to solve even the world’s most difficult medical cases quickly and accurately online. CrowdMed was founded by 15-year technology veteran Jared Heyman and officially launched in April during TEDMED 2013. The company is based in San Francisco.

About CrowdFlower

CrowdFlower combines human intelligence from the crowd with the scalability and efficiency of computer algorithms to offer efficient processing of business information for customer record enrichment, product catalog enhancement, content generation, sentiment analysis and image moderation. With five million crowd contributors completing thousands of judgments each week for hundreds of customers, CrowdFlower is the leader in crowd microtasking. The company works with a range of enterprises, including Apple, AT&T, Autodesk, eBay, Ford, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Sears, Thomson Reuters, Toshiba and Twitter. For more information, visit http://www.crowdflower.com.

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