Mayo Clinic Sympton Checker for iPhone Very Disappointing

The #2 ranked overall hospital facility in the U.S. (according to U.S. News & World Report) is Mayo Clinic which has its headquarters in Rochester, Minnesota. I have a vague recollection of hearing Mayo Clinic referred to in a number of old movies. These stories involved some ill charaater either being at the clinic or attempting to get the person there for a miracle cure. Given this context, perhaps I expected a bit too much of this new free iPhone app…

Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker

My expectation was some kind of wizard that used a series of questions or symptom tree to lead to probable causes and appropriate action recommendations. Instead, what I see looks like a two-day iPhone app development effort consisting of:

Day 1: Develop simple three level flash card tree
Day 2: Populate these simple trees with generic information

Put simply, this is a disappointing app (even for a free one) from a near legendary medical instituion. I’m not surprised that 44 of the 101 ratings give it a single star (out of a possible 5). I’m even more shocked by the 18 reviewers that gave it a 5-star rating though. I wonder what they see that I don’t?