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HIV Infection /AIDS – Where are we now in 2012?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 @ 02:00 PM

World AIDS Day is on Saturday 1st December 2012 and the theme for this year is Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness. Zero discrimination”

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, medical diagnosis, HIV, AIDS, late-stage HIV infection

Symptom Checker- the ultimate tool for patient empowerment

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

The advent of a new generation of symptom checker finally empowers patients to make sense of medical information using their own pattern of symptoms and take greater control of their health. In this new era the patient will be able to work more collaboratively with their doctor rather than be a passive recipient.  

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, symptom checker, patient engagement, patient empowerment

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

Meningococcal Infections: Need early diagnosis & UK vaccine closer

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 10:27 AM

Meningococcal infections (occur in various forms known as meningococcal meningitis, meningococcal septicemia, meningococcal disease) are caused by Neisseria meningitides which is found at the back of the nose.  In most people who have this bacteria it causes no harm, but occasionally it can enter the bloodstream and cause systemic illness or can spread within the respiratory tract.  Transmission of the bacteria can occur by inhalation of respiratory droplets or by direct contact with infected respiratory secretions.

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, symptom checker, meningococcal disease, meningococcal sepsis, meningitis B vaccine

Pertussis: UK pregnant women to be offered pertussis vaccine

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 02:10 PM

UK Offers Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine to All Pregnant Women

The Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies announced that all pregnant women will be offered the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine due to concerns about a serious increase in prevalence of the disease in the UK which has resulted in nine infant deaths this year.  The UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) stated that by August 2012, it had received reports of 4,691 cases of whooping cough so far this year.  The total number of cases so far this year in the UK is now more than four times higher than the annual total number cases of 1,118 reported in 2011 and the 908 cases reported  in the last  ‘peak’ year which for the UK was 2008.

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, pertussis, whooping cough, pregnant women, infants

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

Bubonic Plague: diagnose rare diseases early to reduce mortality risk

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Fri, Sep 07, 2012 @ 07:05 AM

Young girl contracts rare case of Bubonic Plague in Colorado. Early diagnosis is critical.

Sierra Jane Downing, age 7 is recovering from Bubonic plague which she contracted whilst on holiday in Colorado after burying a dead squirrel.

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, early diagnosis, bubonic plague, yersinia pestis, reduce mortality, Sierra Jane Downing

West Nile Virus: Texas Outbreak

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 @ 09:44 AM

Texas is experiencing an outbreak of West Nile Virus which so far has killed 10 people, and an additional 200 people are currently suffering from West Nile Virus.  The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that nearly half of all cases of West Nile so far this year are in the Texas region. 

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Topics: clinical decision support, diagnosis decision support, Differential diagnosis, west nile virus, west nile encephalitis

1 Minute Read: Tinnitus Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Mon, Aug 06, 2012 @ 08:20 AM

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, diagnose me, tinnitus, tinnitus diagnosis, ear ringing

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

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