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
Isabel Healthcare Blog
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
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