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Newton-Wellesley Hospital First in Massachusetts to Implement Isabel Diagnosis Decision Support System
Date:10/3/2007

Technology Aids in Diagnostic Decision-Making; Quality Patient Care a Top

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RESTON, Va. and NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Isabel Healthcare today announced Newton-Wellesley's use of the Isabel decision support system to aid in formulating accurate and timely diagnoses. Committed to superior patient care, the implementation kicks off an initiative to affirm the quality of diagnostic decision-making processes at the hospital.

Newton-Wellesley is the first Massachusetts hospital to provide its 1,100 physicians access to the Isabel technology system. Isabel's concept was brought to Newton-Wellesley by Dr. Jim Kaplan, a member of the Board of Trustees, who believed that web-based decision support at the point of care would help further ensure accurate diagnoses.

"The evidence is overwhelming: early, accurate intervention is crucial in managing disease," said Les Selbovitz, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. "The first step is timely, effective diagnosis. Our newly launched, diagnostic decision- making initiative underpins Newton-Wellesley's overarching goal-providing the best patient care available. Additionally, Isabel Healthcare is working closely with us to comprehensively monitor, measure and manage diagnosis decision-making, institution-wide."

The Isabel system arms physicians with the most up-to-date and relevant information, leveraging a clinical database of more than 11,000 diagnoses. It allows physicians to instantly analyze patient symptoms and clinical features. In a split second at the point of care, Isabel addresses the question clinicians frequently ask themselves: what are the diagnoses I should be considering?

Published this September, a peer-reviewed study suggests Isabel displayed the final, accurate diagnosis in 95 percent of real adult emergency room (ER) case
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