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Hospitals & Health Systems


What is VisualDx?

VisualDx is a patient-specific diagnostic clinical decision support system and reference tool that links the benefits of conventional systems with high-quality images and proprietary problem-oriented search. Over 1,500 healthcare institutions rely on VisualDx to improve diagnostic accuracy, enhance medical education, and engage patients in their treatment and care.

Reduce Risk for Hospitals

Hospital physicians may have only minutes to assess and diagnose their patients – often with incomplete data. VisualDx diagnostic support speeds up diagnosis and ensures that patients receive proper care, reducing length of stay and mitigating risk for patient injury in hospital and ambulatory settings. In addition, VisualDx assists in the recognition of diagnoses that can be treated on an outpatient basis, thereby avoiding unnecessary admissions and freeing up needed beds.

7 Reasons VisualDx is Essential for Hospital Care Delivery:

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Infectious disease and MRSA

Missing the early signs of acute meningococcemia can be life-threatening for the patient, while misdiagnosing crusted scabies as a noninfectious condition can negatively impact healthcare workers. VisualDx includes over 150 infectious diseases, many of which require early detection for expedient management and proper safety precautions.

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Pulmonary infections

Bacterial, viral, fungal, and atypical bacterial pneumonias are covered in VisualDx. Search by diagnostic imaging and other findings to develop a visual differential diagnosis.

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Medication adverse events

Medications can induce benign adverse events such as urticaria, or life-threatening diseases such as toxic epidermal necrolysis. VisualDx includes over 100 medication adverse events, each searchable by the causative medications.

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Newborn diagnosis

A rash in a newborn can be an innocuous and self-limited condition or a life-threatening infection. Accurate and prompt diagnosis is essential to ensure the safety of neonates and other pediatric patients. VisualDx includes over 177 diseases of the newborn and infant, searchable by patient findings or disease.

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Cellulitis and soft tissue diagnostic error

Studies have shown that approximately 30% of patients are wrongly admitted to hospitals for antibiotic therapy for presumed cellulitis.1,2,3 In most instances, the actual diagnosis was a noninfectious condition that could be treated on an outpatient basis. Admitting patients in error places them at risk for C. difficile and other nosocomial infections. VisualDx can help improve diagnostic accuracy for suspected cellulitis and other soft tissue infections.

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Skin ulcers and wound care

Decubitus ulcers and other skin wounds are costly to the healthcare system, hospital, and patient. Written by experts, the VisualDx pressure ulcer staging component is used by nurses and physicians alike.

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Immunocompromised-associated disease

The immunocompromised patient is at increased risk for infectious disease and often medication eruptions. Many hospitalized patients are immunocompromised. VisualDx assists the physician in seeing and diagnosing the variant presentations common to the immunocompromised state.

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  1. David CV, Chira S, Eells SJ, et al. Diagnostic accuracy in patients admitted to hospitals with cellulitis. Dermatol Online J. 2011;17(3):1. [PubMed].
  2. Levell NJ, Wingfield CG, Garioch JJ. Severe lower limb cellulitis is best diagnosed by dermatologists and managed with shared care between primary and secondary care. Br J Dermatol. 2011;164(6):1326-1368. [PubMed].
  3. Bauer J, Maroon M. Dermatology inpatient consultations: a retrospective study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62(3):518-519. [PubMed].

 

VisualDx in Practice

I was able to compare the clinical feature of my patient with the images [of erythema dyschromicum perstans] on VisualDx, which made me feel confident with my differential. The diagnosis was later confirmed after a biopsy. Thank you very much for making such an excellent resource. 

Dr. Aanand Geria, Internal Medicine, Howard University Hospital