As we start the new year, we resolve to achieve improvements in all we do, including our medical practices and patient diagnosis efforts.
Diagnosis is the first and most important decision made about the patient -- it determines all subsequent treatment and determines the course of each patient encounter. How well this decision is made, therefore, is one of the most significant determinants of healthcare quality and efficiency.
The following are six areas where the speed and accuracy of diagnosis has a key impact and where the use of a medical diagnosis decision tools help achieve improvements.
Diagnostic Error is the leading cause of medical error. It happens frequently, is almost always preventable and causes the most harm. There is now a large body of research demonstrating the size of the problem and why it happens.
Better Than Asking a Colleague: In most cases today, if a clinician does have diagnostic doubt and wishes to investigate further they typically will have to consult with colleagues, read textbooks or go online. With medical textbooks and online reference resources it is very difficult to search for something when you don’t know what you are looking for.
This area is where diagnosis decision support aids can help as they are designed to produce a list of likely diagnoses for a given set of signs and symptoms. Their job is to get the clinician thinking about a disease that he had not thought about. Instead of taking several hours, days or even years in some cases to suggest the right diagnosis using the traditional methods, the diagnosis decision aids work in seconds. These tools buy the time that the clinician needs to think.
To learn more about Isabel medical diagnosis tools, visit www.Isabelhealthcare.com