by Bill Richards
Last month, it was reported that more than one-third of American adults went online to self-diagnose and receive information about their medical condition, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
The results from the nationwide telephone survey found that 82 percent of respondents used Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, while 13 percent went straight to websites like WebMD.com, YourDiagnosis.com, FamilyDoctor.org and Medline Plus. Two percent used Wikipedia and one percent had depended on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks for medical information.
The study also found that 41 percent of survey participants who said they had searched online for details regarding their medical condition had it later confirmed and validated by a physician. This number is significantly higher than the 18 percent that said the doctor disagreed with the assessment.
Authors of the report explained that people have attempted to diagnose their ailments at home and now the Internet is just another aspect of their “personal health toolbox.” Whether it’s due to increased healthcare costs, the extensive wait-times or not having a family doctor, more and more individuals are turning to the Internet for health-related information.
TestCountry is a website that is growing in popularity as home healthcare sweeps the nation. The website, founded in 2001 and based in San Diego, California, offers an array of products and services in order to make “life easier.” At first glance, visitors and possible customers notice its extensive offerings: health kits, medical tests, products, supplies and free information packs.
By mixing the benefits of a visit to the local health clinic and the advantage of browsing online medical directories, the founders had a vision of bringing advanced direct-to-patient technology-based solutions. These would become remedies to the vast list of issues currently affecting the healthcare system, such as costs, wait-times and not even being able to see a doctor.
An example of some of its products include alcohol urine tests, home DNA paternity tests, dry disposable washcloths, environment check air quality home test, menopause urine test strips, mold test kits and much, much more.
Clients can find a wide variety of uses after ordering from TestCountry. A parent may be suspicious that his or her child is using drugs. By ordering a drug abuse test kit, a parent’s inklings can be verified, even discreetly. Employers may also want to perform drug screenings for potential employees, a product that TestCountry offers on its website.
TestCountry is a member of the Drug and Industry Association, National Defense Industry Association and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. Furthermore, TestCountry has a national and international base of clients that work in many sectors, like manufacturing, retail and transportation. Therefore, the validity of the website’s inventory shouldn’t concern customers.
With these healthcare products being offered, the website founders state that patients can experience timely, affordable, accurate and confidential health information through the means of swift and convenient laboratory-based testing solutions.