Podcast: The Human Diagnosis Project Aims to Expand Access Using Technology

Every person grapples with the same question multiple times a year: What do I do when I’m not well?

Dr. Shantanu Nundy said realizing how big that question was and how many people that touched inspired the Human Diagnosis Project (Human Dx) – an online, open medical resource that leverages the collective insights of physicians around the country to improve accuracy of diagnoses and ultimately improve care.

Physicians are often alone in the moment with a patient when making important care decisions, Dr. Nundy said. Human Dx means they don’t have to be.

When Dr. Nundy uses the resource in his safety-net clinic, it can serve as an electronic consultation with specialists to help patients who may not otherwise have access to specialty care. He envisions that the resource can support many physicians and underserved patients.

This proposed solution of a critical problem was one reason why Human Dx was selected as a semi-finalist for 100&Change, a global competition for a $100 million grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

ABIM Vice President of Medical Research Dr. Lorna Lynn recently spoke with Dr. Nundy about the Human Diagnosis project and its potential to inspire learning and collaboration across internal medicine and the broader medical community.


Dr. Nundy is a board certified internist and Director of Medicine for the Human Diagnosis Project. In addition to working on behalf of the Project, he practices primary care at Mary’s Center, a safety net clinic for low-income and uninsured individuals in Washington D.C.

Dr. Lynn, a board certified internist, is Vice President of Medical Education Research at the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has leadership responsibility in providing clinical oversight for ABIM’s evolving approaches to assessment. Dr. Lynn has served on committees of the National Quality Forum and the National Academy of Medicine addressing care coordination, interprofessional education, conflicts of interest, and clinician well-being and resilience. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine.