Two Health Systems Implement Isabel Healthcare Diagnosis Decision Support


July 14, 2008

July 14, 2008 - Diagnosis decision support software maker Isabel Healthcare last week said it added two new subscribers to its system - Luther Midelfort-Mayo Health System in Eau Claire, WI, and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.

With the addition of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Isabel is now used for diagnosis decision support at four (or 10 percent) of the 43 hospitals which form the Child Health Corp. of America, a purchasing and performance improvement network of leading, independent children’s hospitals.

The Isabel system, now available in a variety of configurations to serve physicians in both adult and children’s medicine, was first marketed to children’s hospitals in 2001.

The Isabel system is now in use and improving diagnosis decision making, patient safety and quality of care at a number of major medical centers, including Loma Linda Medical Center, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, University of Virginia Health System, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine and Carle Foundation Hospital.

The Isabel system enables a physician to enter a patient’s signs, symptoms, results of tests and investigations and instantly receive a checklist of likely diagnoses to consider. Data can also be sent to the Web-based Isabel from an organization’s EMR system enabling single-click diagnosis decision support. The system includes diagnosis of cardiac conditions.

In Isabel, physicians can click on a diagnosis to access diagnosis specific knowledge from medical textbooks, journals, client’s protocols, pathways, order sets and Web-resources. The knowledge base contains all age groups, has 11,000 diagnoses including bio-terrorism and other emergency preparedness situations. It also contains 4,200 causative drugs. Isabel is available as a Web-based stand-alone subscription or can be purchased interfaced with several EMR partner systems.

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