No one likes a visit to the doctor's office. Even the best ones smell weird and are filled with crappy magazines. You sit around and wait for an annoying length of time, and then you have to go through the whole uncomfortable ordeal of being poked and prodded by various cold metal instruments. If only the Internet could somehow make all of that go away...
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Researchers at MIT and Harvard Medical School (Next Big Future) have just shown that ranking algorithms, like the one Google uses for search, could have a future in the medical industry. Your doctor will feed data about your medical history into the machine. You query the machine about a certain potential medication, and it will come up several viable drug candidates and assign them each a numeric rank.
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It's probably best if doctors don't cede too much of their discretion to the machines. Still, wouldn't it be wonderful if you could just drop by the hospital, log into a kiosk, and get your prescription from an app like Google Drugs or Bing Medical? Oh, how about Droogle?