A free website called Medivizor allows patients to input information about their medical diagnosis along their age, gender, body weight, and other health factors in order to get a personalized report on the most up to date research — with reliable information that they can share with their doctor. “An algorithm uses the mini-medical profile and cuts through hundreds of clinical reports to select the most relevant ones to provide to the patient or caregiver,” said Tal Givoly, CEO and cofounder of Medivizor that launched last August. “The summary, written on a 10th grade level, provides key insights about the condition and treatments and fine print things like conflicting information in the science.”
A similar website called UpToDate charges patients and caregivers about $45 for a 30-day subscription and is largely aimed at physicians and can be hard for a non-medical professional to decipher. It does, however, contain information on hundreds of conditions, whereas Medivizor only provides information on the five most common kinds of cancers — such as breast and prostate — and on diabetes, heart disease, and infertility. Dr. Matthew Katz, medical director of radiation oncology at Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, said he frequently recommends Medivizor to cancer patients who want more information on their diagnosis beyond the brochures provided by his office.