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How do we use symptom checkers? An Isabel Infographic

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Dec 06, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

At Isabel we are always pushing for more research and independent studies into symptom checkers and their use. Isabel has been around since 2000, but in the last few years the words symptom checker have become more and more commonplace, as the internet has been integrated into modern life. In our most recent white paper "Enabling Patient Engagement with a Symptom Checker" we discussed how many people now research their symptoms or diagnoses, and the responsibility we have to ensure they have the tools they need to do this with accuracy and efficiency, rather than researching with unvalidated resources.

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Not all Health AI is bad - Why we should embrace health technology

Posted by Jason Maude on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 @ 02:38 AM

There has been a lot of talk this week, both in the healthcare world and beyond, about Artificial Intelligence (AI). Babylon's AI chatbot was released a few weeks ago, and has since come under some scrutiny, on social media and from the press, as to its accuracy in diagnosing patients correctly. IBM Watson, a system developed for many years now and which has cost the technology company billions of dollars, was also questioned as to its efficacy in a hospital setting, and whether it helped doctors to speed up and improve their diagnostic processes. At Isabel, we have several core beliefs that all feed into our mission of improving diagnosis. While we do not wish to directly address the Babylon and IBM Watson cases, the talk around AI has definitely intensified over the last few days, and we want to be part of that conversation.

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The 4 Types of Symptom Checker - Choosing a symptom checker for your institution

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Over the last decade, the use of AI and digital tools within the healthcare sector has grown exponentially, from improving a product for monitoring or treating conditions such as a heart monitor or an artificial pancreas, to creating a system that can help a doctor to do their job in the most efficient way, such as a symptom checker or a differential diagnosis tool. There are now a large range of symptom checkers on the market, and a growing interest in their use, not just at home by patients, but as a tool in doctors' surgeries and hospitals to help with care direction, initial presentation of symptoms, and patient engagement. With so many tools available, it is difficult to distinguish the different types of symptom checkers, what they can offer and how they can be used in a professional medical environment. We’ve written a white paper on patient engagement and symptom checkers, outlining the need for such tools, the different types available, and the best way to test and implement a symptom checker in an institution. In this blogpost, we will discuss one element of that white paper, touching on the different types of symptom checkers you can find on the market today, and their pros and cons.

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How Symptom Checkers Help Improve Patient Engagement - Download our new white paper

Posted by Jason Maude on Fri, Jun 01, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

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.

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Health for All - World Health Day 2018

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

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.

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Is This the Future of Healthcare? Apple to launch healthcare centres for employees

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Mar 01, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

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.

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3 Medical Breakthroughs of 2017 - Happy New Year from Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Jason Maude on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

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.

 

 

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"The Cost of Assuming your Doctor Knows Best" - A Response to Vinita Parkash

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Nov 23, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

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.

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60 million US adults say they have experienced a misdiagnosis | Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Oct 05, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

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.

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The new Isabel Symptom Checker | New look website and symptom checker

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

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.

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