At Isabel Healthcare we are constantly striving to help improve the world of diagnosis through our tools, our own research and content, and our encouragement of independent studies into the diagnostic process. In 2012, we released a free symptom checker tool that was based on our professional system, the Isabel Symptom Checker. This enables patients to research their symptoms and conditions using validated resources, to help doctors and patients alike to understand and interpret their symptoms. In recent years, the discussion around, and push for, better patient engagement, means institutions are searching for effective ways to engage with the patients they treat. We believe a symptom checker is a brilliant way to engage patients in their own health.Read More
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Every year we like to highlight the World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Day, and this year is no different. We’ve written on many subjects from food poisoning to diabetes to mental health. This year, WHO have decided to focus on Universal Healthcare (UHC), a subject which has been the driving mission behind WHO since its conception in 1948. Their “Health for All” campaign encompasses not only ensuring quality healthcare is available for everyone around the globe, but also the services and attitudes towards our healthcare systems, in order to make them as efficient as possible.Read More
At Isabel we have blogged about, talked about and even researched the ideas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare extensively, so the concept that technology has a place in the world of healthcare is not new to us. Indeed, Isabel itself is considered to be AI, as its complex algorithms and deep learning system allow it to learn new clinical features as people use it, meaning it can cover an almost infinite number of signs and symptoms and match them to over 10,000 diagnoses. This week Apple have announced that they will be bringing their employee healthcare in-house, with what they are saying will be a “unique concierge-like healthcare experience” that is “enabled by technology.” As what many would call the leaders in technology advancement today, it is exciting to think what Apple healthcare may look like, and how these two worlds may collide.Read More
Back in 2015 we wrote a post for the New Year on pediatric medical breakthroughs of the past year. This year has been another brilliant year for finding new treatments and ways to diagnose both our most common illnesses, and also some of the more rare diseases. We’ve rounded up three of the landmark medical developments of 2017, as we reflect on the past year and look forward to 2018.
Vinita Parkash, MD, a professor of pathology at Yale School of Medicine, published a blogpost last week on “The Cost of Assuming your Doctor Knows Best.” This candid post was extremely interesting, as was the comments section, and we wanted to give our take on the whole thing on our own blog.Read More
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) have just published a survey of “Americans’ Experiences with Medical Errors and Views on Patient Safety” and the results are truly shocking.Read More
As you will have noticed, over the last year we have changed the look, feel and functionality of our Isabel Professional DDx Generator and Isabel Healthcare Website. Changes to the layout of the tool have helped maximize efficiency, and updates to the website and tool’s style have modernized the feel of Isabel. We even introduced the new Likelihood Indicator to the tool after a large internal study highlighted the proficiency of the DDx Generator to rank diagnoses.Read More
It is nearly two years since the Insitute of Medicine (IOM) released their landmark study and report on "Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare" warning us all that this endeavour was a "moral, professional, and public health imperative.” We blogged about the study at the time, detailing and commenting on the results and report, particularly highlighting the shortcomings when it came to mentioning Health IT and the benefits this could have on improving the diagnostic field.
This week, the publication Scientific American published a very interesting article on digital health, detailing the ways in which Health IT can and already is helping clinicians make better diagnostic decisions. Indeed, some of the things mentioned in this article written by Dina Fine Maron were in direct correlation with recommendations of the study, and with principles we have been promoting for years, so it is brilliant that this issue gets light in any form, be that a study, and article, or a conversation in a bar.Read More
Ever since the Isabel tool was first created for pediatrics in 2000, we have strived to make our systems easy and intuitive to use and access. Isabel has always been available online, meaning it can be found on any computer with an internet connection. As technology has developed rapidly in the field of computers and Artificial Intelligence, so have we, from integrating powerful natural language processors, to improving the interface of our tool last year. The next step for us was to create a truly mobile and smart device friendly DDx Generator, and that is exactly what we have done.Read More
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