TEDMED Picks VisualDx to Showcase as a Pioneering Medical Innovation
Organization’s National Meeting to Feature the Country’s Only Widely Used Diagnostic Decision Support
ROCHESTER, NY, April 10, 2013 – TEDMED, a multi-disciplinary community of innovators and leaders dedicated to a better future in health and medicine, selected the nation’s only widely used diagnostic decision support tool, VisualDx, as one of the pioneering medical innovations to be featured at its April 16-19 meeting in Washington, D.C.
VisualDx is a mobile app and online resource that provides fast and accurate diagnostic support to healthcare professionals and helps prevent medical errors, the nation’s 5th leading cause of death. TEDMED selected VisualDx as one of 50 innovations to be showcased in The Hive at its annual gathering at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. TEDMED said The Hive will “bring together the leaders of today with the future leaders of tomorrow in a showcase of new approaches to innovation and scalable new ideas.”
“We are proud to be among the innovative and transformative technologies TEDMED selected to showcase at its annual meeting,” said Art Papier, CEO of Logical Images, the company that created VisualDx. “VisualDx is a ground-breaking mobile app and online resource that provides an affordable, fast and scientifically proven system to improve diagnostic accuracy and empower and educate patients.”
During appointments or at the bedside, physicians enter a patient’s symptoms, medical history and other information into VisualDx. Based on the information entered, VisualDx quickly delivers a highly accurate list of potential diagnoses, a series of photographs against which to match the patient’s current conditions and the recommended treatments. The physician can then work through the list to arrive at the best diagnosis, explain the process to the patient and decide on the right treatment for each patient.
Consumers can also access the power of these images and the knowledge database through www.skinsight.com, a website that is freely available to the public.
Created by physicians for physicians, the VisualDx library is derived from an exhaustive database that includes more than 100,000 peer-reviewed medical images with a special emphasis on covering all different ages and skin colors. It also provides treatment options for more than 1,200 diagnoses covering skin problems, infectious disease, eye problems, radiology, oral medicine, pediatrics and much more. It is available as an online and mobile resource that works with the iPhone, Android and iPad.
“We share the same vision as TEDMED – developing innovations and building partnerships to improve healthcare,” said Noah Craft, Logical Images’ Chief Medical Officer. “VisualDx structures centuries of medical knowledge into a searchable database to improve diagnostic accuracy and reduce medical errors that take up to 98,000 lives a year and cost our nation as much as $29 billion annually – costs we simply cannot afford.”
VisualDx is the only diagnostic decision support system to be widely adopted by clinicians nationally, with almost half the nation’s medical schools and more than 1,500 hospitals and large clinics relying on it to reduce medical error by ensuring accurate diagnoses.