Two interesting stories appeared in the press recently covering very different approaches to medical diagnosis. The first is a targeted approach and relies on an informed patient while the second is very blunt and relies on medical screening.Read More
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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”.
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.
Isabel Diagnosis spotlight on: Ebola Virus
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.
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.
The Isabel 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.
Healthcare Informatics reporter Gabe Perna reported on Orlando Health using the Isabel diagnosis tool. Read the full article.
The Isabel tool touts an extensive database of conditions, and we often will test its accuracy with New England Journal of Medicine cases.