By harnessing millions of internet conversations and constructing data sets using Julie’s diary – from what she ate to how she felt – Steve and team started to build models that could match her symptoms with others. This process made connections and spotted patterns that human beings alone simply can’t.
Armed with this new information they made a breakthrough which led to Julie finally being diagnosed with a rare, but treatable, form of Parkinson’s.
Julie is now able to lead a normal life with her family. The incredible story behind her diagnosis inspired us to set-up White Swan as a not-for-profit charity in 2018.