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Improving Diagnosis - a “moral imperative” says IOM report.

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

It is a sad fact of life that industries often need to be shamed, bullied or told to do the right thing rather than do it on their own accord.

The IOM landmark report “To Err is Human” in late 1999 shamed the healthcare industry into starting to tackle medical errors with the image of a jumbo jet full of people being killed every day through medical error.

Over fifteen years on, and this week the IOM has published another landmark study in its Quality Chasm series on diagnosis entitled “Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare”. Hopefully it will have a similar impact in shaming the healthcare industry into finally addressing the serious issue of diagnosis quality.  As the report states at the outset: “Improving the diagnostic process is not only possible, but it also represents a moral, professional, and public health imperative”. The report’s visceral image was the committee’s conclusion that “most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences”. Although far less visual than a jumbo jet plummeting to earth in a ball of flames, the probability of each of us experiencing such an event should concentrate minds including hospital leadership who will all, one day, be patients too.

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Differential Diagnosis - Who uses Isabel and When? Ambulatory setting

Posted by Dawn Bonsor on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 11:58 AM

As Isabel is sometimes regarded as ‘disruptive’, we thought that an overview of “who” uses Isabel and “when” would be helpful to both current  and future Isabel users to understand how it can often make a major significant impact in patient outcomes with no negative impact on workflows.  This is the first in a series of three blog posts.  Below is a synopsis of “who” uses Isabel followed by instances of “when” they use it. We thought the best way to illustrate this would be to provide some actual cases.  The series will look at the ambulatory, emergency and inpatient settings.  Today’s blog post will cover some cases that came from the ambulatory setting and how diagnostic decision support (DDS) helped them.

Isabel is currently mainly used by:

  • Physicians and PA’s in ED’s, hospitals, urgent care clinics and Physician practices
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Medical Schools
  • Residency Programs
  • Nursing Schools
  • Legal and risk management teams
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Topics: Differential diagnosis, diagnosis error, differential diagnosis tool, Medical Schools, Nurse Practitioners, Residency Program, physician assistant

Differential diagnosis; the silver bullet for reducing diagnosis error

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 08:53 AM

Post by Jason Maude, co-founder of Isabel Healthcare

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, ddx, diagnosis error, sepsis, differential diagnosis tool

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