Doctors' support for diagnostic decision support tools requires an attitude adjustment -- by Jason Maude
"I was dismayed and angry last May when news broke out about Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old young Georgia woman whose left leg, right foot and hands were amputated because her doctors missed the diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis for days. Her case highlights the human cost of the deeply rooted cultural resistance by physicians and hospitals to using diagnostic decision support (DDS) software and accepting these tools as part of routine practice.
The news struck close to my heart. Like Aimee, my daughter Isabel nearly died in 1999 when her physicians missed diagnosing necrotizing fasciitis, leading me to start my own company, which develops DDS software that would help clinicians recognize diseases more quickly. DDS software generates a checklist of possible diagnoses and flags high-risk ‘don’t miss' diagnoses when users enter a patient’s symptoms. The tool is available for PCs, smartphones and tablets."