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1 Minute Read: Types of Fever Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Fever (also known as pyrexia, high temperature or high fever) is a normal body response to a variety of conditions, the most common being infection, and is a very common medical sign. A fever occurs when the body’s temperature is elevated as a result of the body’s thermostat being reset to a higher than usual temperature. Fever is one of the body’s natural defences against bacteria and viruses that cannot live at higher temperatures.  Therefore, low-grade fevers should normally go untreated unless there are other troubling symptoms.  Fever is just one part of an illness and normally is no more important than other symptoms which may also occur such as cough, sore throat or fatigue.

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Why a symptom checker is now valued by doctors and health systems

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 01:18 PM

We have now moved almost 180 degrees from doctors dismissing symptom checkers as potentially harmful things for hypochondriacs right through to the stage where we now find  doctors and healthcare institutions viewing them as tools that can help improve patient flows.

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World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2015 - go blue for breakfast

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 01:41 PM

Saturday 14th November marks the 24th World Diabetes Day. The World Health Organisation, in collaboration with the International Diabetes Federation, organise and support fundraising, educational lectures, and even some meetings to try and further research and raise awareness of Diabetes, all on the birthday of the co-founder of insulin, Frederick Banting.

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Movember 2015 - Let's talk about men's health

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Nov 04, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

The month formerly known as November is finally upon us. The stereotypes of masculinity and invincibility amongst the male gender has been around for centuries, and it’s often commented on how little men will talk about their health with each other or anyone else.

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Topics: movember

Isabel introduces ICD-10 Coding - Who Benefits from ICD-10?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Isabel Healthcare is pleased to announce that we offer ICD-10-CM coding into all our products. This  includes Isabel the Diagnosis Checklist, the Isabel Symptom Checker, Isabel Active Intelligence and the Isabel Clinical Educator.

Why is ICD-10 needed?

ICD stands for International Classification of Diseases. Believe it or not, ICD-9-CM was introduced more than 30 years ago and today’s healthcare data needs are dramatically different to those in the 1970’s.  ICD-9 is not able to accurately describe diagnoses and inpatient procedures for the care now being delivered.  For Electronic Health Record providers or hospital systems which have integrated Isabel seamlessly in their work flow using ICD-9, there are many benefits of upgrading to ICD-10, and it will advance healthcare in many ways. There will be more streamlined access between Isabel and the system you are integrated into, which will lead to a better workflow and harness the power of both systems.

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Topics: diagnosis tool, icd10

Testicular Pain | 1 Minute Read | Symptom Information

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Testicle pain or testicular pain occurs around one or both testicles.  Testicle pain can also originate from elsewhere in the abdomen or groin, but the pain is felt in one or both testicles. The testicles are the male sex organs and are very sensitive, with even a minor injury causing a lot of pain.

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Another missed diagnosis of rickets leads to tragic consequences

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

The case of Karissa Cox and Richard Carter in the UK has been widely covered. Their baby (due to legal reasons the baby’s name and gender have not been revealed) was adopted after being taken when they were charged with child abuse. The couple have since had the charges dropped against them.

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Topics: Misdiagnosis, jayden wray

Symptom Checker Coming of Age

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

The IOM report on ‘Improving Diagnosis in Medicine’ that was published last month made a big call to bring the patient into the diagnostic process. This seems to have coincided with a much greater interest in symptom checkers, with new options coming to the market.

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Topics: symptom checker

Improving Diagnosis - a “moral imperative” says IOM report.

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

It is a sad fact of life that industries often need to be shamed, bullied or told to do the right thing rather than do it on their own accord.

The IOM landmark report “To Err is Human” in late 1999 shamed the healthcare industry into starting to tackle medical errors with the image of a jumbo jet full of people being killed every day through medical error.

Over fifteen years on, and this week the IOM has published another landmark study in its Quality Chasm series on diagnosis entitled “Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare”. Hopefully it will have a similar impact in shaming the healthcare industry into finally addressing the serious issue of diagnosis quality.  As the report states at the outset: “Improving the diagnostic process is not only possible, but it also represents a moral, professional, and public health imperative”. The report’s visceral image was the committee’s conclusion that “most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences”. Although far less visual than a jumbo jet plummeting to earth in a ball of flames, the probability of each of us experiencing such an event should concentrate minds including hospital leadership who will all, one day, be patients too.

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Topics: diagnosis error

Spotlight on Oliver Sacks MD (1933-2015) An Eminent Neurologist

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

On August 30 2015, renowned British neurologist Oliver Sacks passed away at the age of 82. Sacks felt that the brain was the “most incredible thing in the universe” and devoted his life to studying it.  Most of his professional life was practiced in the United States, and he became an author of thirteen best-selling books consisting of case histories about his patients’ brain disorders.  Some of these fascinating books were adapted for film and stage, such as Awakenings starring Robert de Niro and the late Robin Williams. In this week’s blogpost, we’ve taken a look back at Oliver Sacks’ life and achievements in honour of his contributions to the medicine.

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