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What is Being Done to Prevent Misdiagnosis?

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.

Media Contacts:

Stacey Holifield / Andrew Law

Schwartz Communications (781) 684-0770

SOURCE Isabel Healthcare
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