Health insurance companies lose billions each year due to people heading to the emergency room over the slightest cough or runny nose. Anything that could save even a few trips to the doctor could be very valuable to the right company.
The idea behind Coughr.com is simple. Cough into a microphone and the site tells you whether you’ve likely got a bad case of bronchitis or just need to hock a quick lugie. While the front end looks simple enough, it would use advanced signal processing in the backend to look for tell-tale signs of various diseases. It would also have a few simple questions to help reduce the chance of a false diagnosis.
Don’t have a mic? No problem! Just dial 1-800-COUGHRR, wait for the prompt, and cough away. You might get a series of yes/no questions to answer, and then you’d receive your preliminary diagnosis.
OK. I’ve had some bad ideas in the past, but this one really blows! Is it a fake? Or is does it just plain suck? Guess correctly and you could win $50 worth of free advertising on Steve Poland’s Ringside Startup site.