COVID-19 Assessment Tool by the Human Diagnosis Project

post by Ben_Harack · 2020-04-02T07:27:31.518Z · score: 13 (7 votes) · EA · GW · 1 comments


  Here are some of my personal thoughts on the Project. None of this should be construed as something being said by the Project itself.
  More about the Project: 
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I'm pleased to report that the Human Diagnosis Project has produced an online COVID-19 assessment (forward triage) tool, which is freely available here: (no signup required).

The tool aims to help support our frontline medical professionals and reduce the burden on our healthcare system through this rapidly evolving pandemic. At its core, it aims to answer three crucial questions:

The tool is being updated regularly based on feedback from the medical community. It is currently available in English, Spanish, Italian, and Greek, with several more translations in the works. If you can help connect us with further translation capability, please reach out. Similarly, contact us if you have feedback on the medical accuracy of the tool.

I hope that this community can help with two things in particular:


Now, for a few words about the Human Diagnosis Project. I'd planned to write a larger introduction for the EA Forum at some point, but time is extremely limited, so this will have to do for now.

Context: I work for the Project.

Here are some of my personal thoughts on the Project. None of this should be construed as something being said by the Project itself.

More about the Project:

The Human Diagnosis Project (also referred to as “Human Dx” or “the Project”) is a worldwide effort, created with and led by the global medical community, to build an open intelligence system that maps the steps to help any patient. By combining the collective intelligence of medical professionals and trainees with machine learning, Human Dx intends to enable more accurate, affordable, and accessible care for all. The Project’s creation and development has been inspired by other civilization-scale scientific projects (e.g., the International Space Station, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and the Human Genome Project) and open technology efforts (e.g., Wikipedia, Linux, and the Internet Protocol Suite).

The Project is structured as a partnership between the social, public, and private sectors. Its partners include many of the nation's top medical societies (including the American Medical Association and National Association of Community Health Centers), boards (including the American Board of Medical Specialties and American Board of Internal Medicine), academic centers (including Harvard, Hopkins, UCSF, Berkeley, and MIT), and financial supporters (including the MacArthur Foundation, Moore Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Y Combinator). Human Dx has also been honored by the MacArthur Foundation in its 100&Change competition as one of eight organizations globally with a bold solution to a critical social problem.

Using the Human Dx system, medical professionals and trainees can collaborate on any case, question, or other medical topic. As they do, the system encodes their thought processes and decisions into structured clinical data to map the steps to help any patient. Today, thousands of medical professionals and trainees from over 80 countries and 500 medical institutions are involved in building the Project, which is already impacting both medical training and clinical decision-making.

For more information, see the Background of the Human Diagnosis Project.


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comment by Ben_Harack · 2020-04-25T18:58:30.499Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

An update here: This COVID-19 forward triage tool now also allows anyone to get a doctor to look at their particular case for an extremely low fee ($12 USD - though free service is currently available if needed).