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Why We need to Improve our Differential Diagnosis Processes

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 12:23 PM

Within the medical industry, a staggering 30-40% of all malpractice claims come down to a misdiagnosis. Why do people get it wrong? Because they’re just that: people. Clinicians and medical professionals have years and years of training - and most likely experience too - behind them, so there’s no doubting they’re the ones to be around when you’re unwell. But humans make mistakes, and the human brain is vulnerable to error. According to Mark Graber in 2005, cognitive error contributed to 74% of all diagnostic errors studied. There is a virtually endless list of the cognitive biases that affect humans, and medical professionals are unfortunately no exception to these biases. Arguable the main sticking points for those trying to diagnose a patient, or indeed find a solution to any question, are:

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, differential diagnosis tool

6 Tips for Successful Differential Diagnosis Tool Adoption

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Implementing any new system or protocol into a large and busy environment such as a hospital can be daunting, and it can often seem like there are more hurdles to overcome than the venture is worth. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a few tips and some careful preparation, a smooth adoption of a differential diagnosis tool such as Isabel in your institution is perfectly achievable.

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, differential diagnosis tool

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

Symptom Information: Insomnia

Posted by Dawn Bonsor on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 @ 12:51 PM


Insomnia:  Other names: sleeplessness, hyposomnia, insomniac, wakefulness, sleep difficulty, dyssomnia, difficulty in sleeping, sleep deprivation, sleep disturbance.

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Topics: symptom checker, diagnose me, differential diagnosis tool, insomnia, sleeplessness, sleep difficulty, sleep disturbance

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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