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Article review: Diagnostic errors in the ICU.

Posted by Jason Maude on Fri, Sep 07, 2012 @ 01:00 PM

DDX tools could help to avoid diagnosis errors in the ICU

The idea for the Isabel diagnosis support tool first came to us while sitting in the ICU.  A decade ago, my family and I were spending long hours in the ICU caring for our toddler, Isabel Maude, after she was diagnosed late with necrotising fasciitis. We realized the ICU doctors often can see the long perspective of what happened to a patient, as they see how the patient got there and what mistakes were made along the way. With the luxury of hindsight they can see, for example, that if only a clinician had, metaphorically, turned left instead of right then the patient would not have ended up in ICU.

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Topics: clinical decision support, Misdiagnosis, diagnosis decision support, Differential diagnosis, medical diagnosis, ddx, diagnosis tool, diagnosis generator, diagnostic decision support, ICU

Uganda Ebola outbreak and use of mobile clinical decision support

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 @ 08:13 AM

Isabel Diagnosis spotlight on: Ebola Virus

Article Summary

Ebola is an aggressive virus and requires swift diagnosis, medical attention and containment. Mobile diagnosis applications and clinical decision support can be of great help to assist clinicians in diagnosis and treatment, as mobile access has the distinct advantage over desktop programs in countries that lack onging power sources.

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Topics: clinical decision support, medical diagnosis, ddx, diagnosis, ebola

What's your Medical Diagnosis: Neck Pain, Hoarseness, Dysphagia

Posted by Megan Pennie on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 @ 11:52 AM

The Isabel diagnosis tool touts an extensive database of conditions for differential diagnosis support, and we often will test its accuracy with real patient cases from the New England Journal of Medicine.

About the Isabel Diagnosis Challenge

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) publishes interesting presentations of common diseases and unusual cases in the Clinical pathology Conference (CPC) series. These cases are educational and can pose diagnostic challenges even to the expert physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Topics: ddx, diagnosis, medical diagnosis tool

What's your Medical Diagnosis? Newborn with respiratory failure

Posted by Megan Pennie on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 @ 11:31 AM

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Topics: medical diagnosis, ddx, herpes simplex, newborn

mHIMSS: Support for Diagnosis Tools Needs an Attitude Change

Posted by Megan Pennie on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 @ 08:56 PM

Today mHIMSS posted a new article, authored by Jason Maude, the Founder of Isabel Healthcare on the topic of diagnostic decision support tools.

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Topics: ddx, Aimee Copeland, necrotizing fasciitis

Medical Diagnosis error led to Rory Staunton's toxic shock and death

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 @ 10:31 AM

Medical Diagnosis tools can quickly help to identify a "Don’t Miss" Diagnosis, including Toxic Shock Syndrome.

The Rory Staunton case highlighted in the news has shown how important it is to promptly evaluate and work up a patient for insidious symptoms which commonly occur across conditions -- and keep an open mind during diagnosis, avoiding premature closure.  The 12 year old suffered a minor cut to his arm while playing basketball. Within 24 hours, he was developing symptoms of vomiting, fever and leg pain, was seen by various medical professionals from his pediatrician to the hospital’s ER department over the next 48 hours, and then was treated for viral gastroenteritis and dehydration, and sent home when his vitals returned to normal.  The symptoms were broad and quite common in a variety of medical conditions, but a broad differential should have been worked through by the medical staff treating Rory until they had ruled out conditions and arrived at a correct final diagnosis. 

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Topics: ddx, medical diagnosis tool, toxic shock syndrome

Modern Healthcare: "Bridging a gap"

Posted by Megan Pennie on Tue, Jul 03, 2012 @ 12:02 PM

Modern Healthcare recently interviewed Isabel Healthcare founder Jason Maude regarding the Isabel diagnosis decision support application.

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, ddx, diagnosis, Modern Healthcare

What's your Medical Diagnosis? 60y, Male, rash, fever, renal failure

Posted by Megan Pennie on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 @ 01:18 PM

The Isabel diagnosis tool touts an extensive database of conditions for differential diagnosis support, and we often will test its accuracy with real patient cases from the New England Journal of Medicine.

About the Isabel Diagnosis Challenge

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) publishes interesting presentations of common diseases and unusual cases in the Clinical pathology Conference (CPC) series. These cases are educational and can pose diagnostic challenges even to the expert physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Topics: medical diagnosis, ddx, diagnosis tool, Rocky Mountain spotted fever

1 Minute Read: Dyspnea – Time period of presentation provides clues

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Mon, Jun 04, 2012 @ 12:52 PM

The Isabel Healthcare 1 Minute Read program highlights various diseases and conditions, providing the Isabel tool differential list. Subscribe to the Isabel blog to receive clinical content and articles.

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, ddx, Isabel 1 Minute Read, dyspnea, shortness of breath, dyspnoea

Amiee Copeland: Another Preventable Misdiagnosis

Posted by Jason Maude on Tue, May 15, 2012 @ 05:20 AM

The Aimee Copeland story in the news about her ziplining accident into brackish waters when she contracted necrotizing fasciitis, an aggressive flesh-eating bacteria brought back awful memories for me. This is what happened to my daughter, Isabel, and was the inspiration for the start of Isabel Healthcare and the Isabel diagnosis checklist system

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Topics: ddx, Aimee Copeland, necrotizing fasciitis

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