At the beginning of this month, Mayo Clinic published a study in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice on second opinions compared with the first diagnoses of a patient. The data was gathered from 286 patients who had been referred to Mayo internists in order to get a second opinion on their diagnosis. The publication of the study brought up some interesting thoughts and discussions on both the results themselves, and also the limitations of the study.Read More
Isabel Healthcare Blog
At Isabel we are constantly building upon and improving our tool, testing the limits and always trying to make the diagnostic process easier and more efficient for healthcare professionals. As part of this continual development, last year we conducted a large internal study, with some outstanding results.Read More
The phrase ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), as strange as it sounds, has been making the rounds of the tech and AI world for a few years now, and it refers to any ‘smart’ product that is somehow connected to the internet or to another product. For example, smart water bottles which track your water intake and hydration levels, or smart thermostats, which allow you to control your heating on the move, from your phone. In the last year or so, however, a sub-category of the IoT has been gaining popularity in the healthcare industry, called “ Medical Internet of Things” (MIoT). This, of course, means medical products which are connected to the internet, or some kind of network, with each other. The revolution of digital healthcare is in full swing, and it will hopefully make the lives of physicians and patients easier. To show you the impact MIoT is already having in hospitals around the globe, we’ve put together our top 5 smart gadgets that are currently, or soon to be, on the market.Read More
Isabel Healthcare and the Differential Diagnosis Generator is a tool used by thousands of doctors and healthcare professionals all over the world, and it is relied upon as the most accurate and efficient system of its kind. The tool itself is designed to help doctors form their differential quickly and effectively from a set of symptoms, allowing them to research the options presented and arrive at the correct diagnosis without missing crucial signs and without cognitive bias coming into play.
That is how the tool works and it is what the tool does. But why does it do it in the first place?Read More
If you’re a regular user of our tool, you may have noticed a few changes to the Isabel Pro website and tool (version 5). We’ve had a makeover! If you haven’t had a look yet, pop over to the new website and we’ll explain everything that’s changed in this blogpost.Read More
A new article and study appeared recently entitled “Comparison of Physician and Computer Diagnostic Accuracy” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study took clinical cases and data from a 2015 study, and compared the accuracy of patient oriented symptom checkers with physicians’ diagnoses of the same cases. We wrote a blogpost back in 2015 on the original study, which tested the diagnostic accuracy of 23 symptom checkers, including ours. As indicated in the previous blogpost, we felt the study had some major limitations, and we have similar, serious concerns with this follow up publication over its purpose and conclusions.Read More
The skin is an all too often overlooked element of our overall health and wellbeing. It does amazing things for our body’s temperature, protects our internal body and fluids from the outside world, and allows us to touch and feel heat or texture, but unless something goes wrong, we can take it for granted. However, conditions such as cysts, acne, other growths or even skin cancers are often either preventable or easily treatable. Indeed, skin cancer, or skin melanoma, is preventable in 86% of cases. We’ve written blogposts on more specific issues such as sun protection before, but this blogpost will take a broader look at the challenges our skin can face, how to prevent them and what to do if you suspect you may have a problem with your skin.Read More
This week is Dementia Awareness Week. The Alzheimer’s Society, which is a UK charity, is encouraging anyone concerned to read up and get in touch with them in 2016. Alzheimer’s and Dementia should be talked about and not feared, as catching the symptoms early can have vast improvements on the progression of the condition, and overall quality of life. So we’re explaining what dementia is, the different types of dementia including Alzheimer’s, and the tell tale symptoms to look out for.Read More
May 3rd marked the annual World Asthma Day for 2016, helping to raise awareness of the condition and improve care around the world. There are currently approximately 17 million people suffering with asthma in the USA alone, and many others suffer the symptoms without realising they have the condition. Once discovered, it can be treated a number of different ways and can greatly improve your quality of life. The slogan for the Global Initiative for Asthma, or GINA, is “You can control your asthma” so we’ll be discussing how you can spot if you have asthma, and what can be done to help you live with the condition.Read More
Who feels like they’ve been stressed by their work? Chances are, at some point in your life your job has taken over and you’ve felt like you need a holiday. But how many times have you considered yourself ill from stress? In recent years, mental health has been gaining more and more attention, and so it should; the statistics would make anyone panic if they were applied to a physical illness or disease. An alarming 9% of people in the UK suffer from anxiety and/or depression alone, and 1 in 4 of us worldwide will suffer from a mental illness in any given year. That’s the same amount of young adults contracting an STD, the same amount of deaths from heart disease, and more than the amount of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the US.