As Reported in USA Today, Doctor's Misdiagnose 8% - 24% of the Time
RESTON, Va., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ --
WHAT: Experts featured in the September 6 USA Today article "For Doctors,
Diagnosing Gets a Technological Boost,"
technology_N.htm?csp=34) are available to discuss prevalence of
misdiagnosis and prevention.
Misdiagnosis is a failure or delay in diagnosis that typically
occurs due to cognitive error -- how doctors think. With the
exponential increase in biomedical knowledge, is it humanly
possible for a physician to remember the various symptoms and
signs associated with all diagnoses?
A poll commissioned by the National Patient Safety Foundation found
that one in six people have personally experienced a medical
diagnosis error. Additionally, a 2003 paper published by the
American Medical Association found that at least four percent of all
U.S. patients who die in a hospital might have survived had their
diagnosis been correct. In fact, it is estimated that diagnosis
errors lead to death in as many as one in 20 patient deaths.
A growing number of top-ranked U.S. hospitals are aware of this
issue and are now using Isabel, a validated, web-based decision
support system to reduce diagnosis error and improve patient safety.
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? Isabel acts as an instant
reminder system and aids the diagnosis process, however, it is up to
the provider's clinical judgment to determine which diagnoses to
investigate and treat. A 2005 study, conducted at the University of
Virginia, found that in one of ten cases, Isabel caused users to
consider a major diagnosis that had not been considered.
WHO: Joseph Britto, M.D., co-founder and CEO, Isabel Healthcare
Jason Maude, co-founder and CEO, Isabel Healthcare
Stephen Borowitz, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health
Sciences, University of Virginia
Napoleon Knight, M.D., Vice President Medical Affairs/Quality
Improvement, Carle Foundation Hospital
If you are interested in speaking with an expert, please contact Stacey
Holifield or Andrew Law at (781) 684-0770.
Stacey Holifield / Andrew Law
Schwartz Communications (781) 684-0770
|SOURCE Isabel Healthcare|
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