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facebook_cover_image.jpgFrom the company that leads in visual diagnostic decision-making, VisualDx today launched its newly redesigned Skinsight website, providing the best resource for consumers on skin health and skin care conditions. Skinsight.com provides consumers with answers from trusted experts in the field of dermatology about the best ways to protect and care for your skin.

The updated features include an all-new rash and skin condition finder, where users can look up skin conditions based on age, sex, and body location. Skinsight's experts guide users through over 200 of the most common skin conditions.

The health topics category incorporates articles and advice from leading dermatologists, including information on acne, moles, sun damage, and more.

Here's what those in the dermatology field are saying about the new Skinsight.com.

"The information on Skinsight brings clarity and understanding for my often worried patients. They can get quick and reliable answers about their condition as well as read up on the latest tips on treatment, " said Azeen Sadeghian, MD.

"I refer patients every day to Skinsight.com to read up on their diagnoses. Skinsight.com gives my patients a quick way to learn about their skin condition from their smartphone or computer. They can read about the latest treatments from a website that uses trustworthy sources. The site is full of great pictures, is easy to use, and is packed with readable, important information," said Travis Morrell, MD, MPH, PGY-4 dermatology resident.

"Skinsight is a great website to offer patients. It gives them solid information that I can trust and I know the information that they are reading is valid," said Edie Hamilton, PA-C, Children's Skin Center.

VisualDx is a diagnostic clinical decision support system used in more than 1,600 hospitals and large clinics. Initially geared toward improving diagnostic accuracy in visually appearing diseases, such as the skin, VisualDx now provides diagnostic support across general medicine.

VisualDx is a web-based resource also available as iOS and Android apps. To learn more, visit www.visualdx.com.

To see the new Skinsight, visit www.skinsight.com.

Skinsight's experts guide users through over 200 of the most common skin conditions.

sebderm_7102.jpgA May study in Nature.com’s Scientific Reports is getting closer to figuring out the role bacteria plays on the scalp to create the conditions for seborrheic dermatitis (aka dandruff). According to the study’s results, a scalp affected by dandruff had decreased Propionibacterium and increased Staphylococcus

Seborrheic dermatitis affects the sebum-rich areas of the body including the face, scalp, neck, upper chest, and back. It can present at two separate stages of life: in infancy; and in adults, after adrenarche.

Read more of VisualDx’s content about seborrheic dermatitis including diagnostic pitfalls to look out for.

Seborrheic dermatitis affects the sebum-rich areas of the body including the face, scalp, neck, upper chest, and back.

pr_5099.jpgPityriasis rosea is a common cutaneous eruption that arises spontaneously, is asymptomatic or pruritic, and is self-limited in nature. Classically, a lone pink or flesh-colored patch or scaly plaque appears first in an otherwise healthy adolescent or young adult. Several days later, the ensuing eruption appears.

Get a more thorough look at pityriasis rosea and how it presents.

 

 

Classically, a lone pink or flesh-colored patch or scaly plaque appears first.

heartlandvirusdiseasesmall.pngNew research out of Colorado is focusing on a newly described disease affecting the Midwest and its effect on animal immunity.

Heartland virus disease is caused by a newly described Phlebovirus with human infections reported in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Infection is believed to be transmitted by a tick bite. The most common symptoms include fever, fatigue, anorexia, headache, nausea, arthralgia and diarrhea. 

As of 2016, 9 cases of infection have been described - all men older than 50. Two patients have died.

Research to be published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases December issue looks at the immune response to Heartland virus in raccoons, goats, chickens, rabbits, hamsters and mice. Their finding that the only animal affected (mice without the receptor for interferon) suggests a path to research on helping humans fight the disease.

Read more of VisualDx’s content about Heartland virus disease including diagnostic pitfalls.

 

 

Heartland virus disease is a newly described disease affecting a handful of people in the Midwest.

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A concerned mother brought her 5-year-old daughter, who had been diagnosed with epilepsy as a toddler, to the pediatrician to ask about red papules that had developed on her face. They were spread across her nose and cheeks. Her mother worried they might develop into something like the shagreen patches that she had on her back.

Is it tuberous sclerosis, acne vulgaris, trichoepithelioma, or molluscum contagiosum?

The answer is...

A concerned mother brought her 5 year old daughter in to the pediatrician with red papules on her face. Use VisualDx to confirm or help shape your diagnosis.

vdxfhirready.pngWe are very busy at Cerner Health Conference and we know you are too! We want to make sure you don't miss anything so we broke down exactly where and when we'll be demoing and presenting each day.

 

 

 

Monday

  • DEMONSTRATION: We will be demoing VisualDx and its SMART on FHIR capabilities from 6:00-7:30p in the CHC Solutions Gallery.
  • BOOTH: We are at Booth 722 from 6:00-9:00p for the Opening Reception. Our logo cookies have been a hit this trade show season so make sure you stop by and grab one (gluten-free, vegan cookies are available) before they run out.

Tuesday

  • TALK: VisualDx CEO Art Papier, MD will be presenting alongside Cerner and CoxHealth. The talk is entitled "Extending EHR Capabilities with SMART on FHIR" and is being held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Room 2104AB from 11:30a-12:30p. Click to learn more.
  • DEMONSTRATION: We will be demoing VisualDx and its SMART on FHIR capabilities from 4:00-5:30p in the CHC Solutions Gallery.
  • BOOTH: We are at Booth 722 from 10:00a-5:30p.

Wednesday:

  • DEMONSTRATION: We will be demoing VisualDx and its SMART on FHIR capabilities from 4:00-5:30p in the CHC Solutions Gallery.
  • BOOTH: We are at Booth 722 from 10a-5:30p.

Thursday:

  • BOOTH: We are at Booth 722 from 9:00a-12:00p.

If you're not at CHC 2016, but want to know more about VisualDx and the Cerner EHR, head to our website visualdx.com/cerner.

There are many ways you can learn about VisualDx and SMART on FHIR at Cerner Health Conference 2016.

vdxfhirready.pngUsing SMART on FHIR, clinicians can quickly access patient-specific information to improve diagnostic accuracy.

ROCHESTER, NY [November 14, 2016] - Bringing intelligence into the workflow of the electronic health record, VisualDx is pleased to be a featured partner during the 2016 Cerner Health Conference (CHC).  VisualDx partnered with Cerner to be one of the first commercial applications using FHIR of Cerner Millennium.

VisualDx is a diagnostic clinical decision support system used in more than 1,600 hospitals and large clinics. Using the SMART/FHIR standard, the platform is able to obtain the patient's age, sex, problem list, and medication list to provide the clinician with VisualDx images matching their specific conditions or drug reactions.

At CHC, VisualDx, CoxHealth, and Cerner will be presenting on “Extending EHR Capabilities with SMART on FHIR Apps.”

“Cox Health, working in partnership with Cerner and VisualDx is using SMART on FHIR to integrate VisualDx diagnostic decision support into the Cerner EHR.  VisualDx is a powerful clinical tool, and FHIR made for easy interoperability connecting VisualDx into Powerchart,” said Louis Krenn, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, CoxHealth.

“There are many causes for diagnostic error – including complexity, variation, and the sheer volume of patients in a clinician’s day. That’s why we are providing the best resources to compare variations of disease right in the workflow,” said Art Papier, MD, CEO, VisualDx.

Key Events at the Cerner Health Conference:

Extending EHR Capabilities with SMART on FHIR
Tuesday, November 15, 11:30am-12:30pm
Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2104AB

Demonstrations in the CHC Solutions Gallery:

  • Monday, Nov. 14 – 6-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 – 4-5:30pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 – 3-5:30pm

The Cerner Health Conference runs November 14-17 at the Kansas City Convention Center. VisualDx will be exhibiting at booth 700. For more about what's happening at Cerner, visit www.visualdx.com/cerner.

VisualDx is a web-based resource also available as iOS and Android apps. Learn more at www.visualdx.com.

 

 

Bringing intelligence into the workflow of the electronic health record, VisualDx is pleased to be a featured partner during the 2016 Cerner Health Conference (CHC).

unyoc_erin_sigriet2.jpgIn October, three of our medical research librarians – Erin Keenan, Sigriet Ferrer, and Patricia Gogniat – attended the annual meeting of the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC) of the Medical Library Association (MLA) in Watkins Glen, NY. During the conference, Ms. Keenan and Ms. Ferrer presented a poster titled “Effect of a Workplace Canine Companion: Analysis of a Survey Evaluation of Employees,” featuring our office dog, Tobias. The poster provided a charming and evidence-based look at the benefits of a workplace canine companion.

Regarding the poster, Sigriet shares:

Our objective was to evaluate the physiological and psychological effects of the presence of a daily canine companion in a group of approximately 30 employees. Our method was to administer an anonymous, voluntary, and opinion-based survey that aimed to identify changes due to the presence of a canine companion relating to daily exercise/movement from chair or desk, employee relationships, effect on company image, and levels of stress, creativity, and mood in employees. Of the 30 employees polled, 21 completed the survey. Our results showed that the majority of employees perceived that the presence of Tobias, our workplace canine companion, improved employee health, improved relationships among coworkers, lowered stress, and added a “cool factor” to our company. A smaller percentage of employees, 34 percent, perceived that Tobias even helped boost their ability to form creative solutions for work issues. We concluded that the employees surveyed experienced perceived physiological and psychological benefits by having an office canine companion present in the workplace daily. In addition to surveying employees for our study, we presented evidence from the medical literature supporting our claims.

And Erin continues:

It was a great experience conducting our research right in the VisualDx office. We knew the opinion of Tobias was high among employees, but our research allowed us to see statistical evidence of the benefits, and break them down by type. And the statistics exceeded our expectations. For instance, we found that 95 percent of employees perceived that Tobias helped them feel less stressed at work. The open-ended responses we received during our survey also helped emphasize what a benefit Tobias is to the office. One responder stated “watching Tobias play with his ball, or just hearing the jingle of his bell tag, can improve a mood.” Overall, I think our research makes a strong, positive argument for the benefits of a workplace canine companion.

Erin and Sigriet share:

unyoc16_erin_sigriet720.jpgWe are so grateful for the outpouring of support and interest that VisualDx received at UNYOC, and we’re pleased to see that our presentation garnered much attention (and smiles!). It was a pleasure to meet with fellow librarians and learn about their organizations and their contributions in the medical library community.

Both Erin and Sigriet were first-time attendees of a medical library conference. Regarding this experience, Erin shares:

As a first-time attendee of UNYOC, I think the most distinct take away was the camaraderie and level of access that accompanied the small conference platform. The conference planners and presenters alike were very friendly and available at times throughout the conference to meet with and ask questions. This aspect of the conference made it especially useful to attend, since it was so easy to share a bit about myself and my position while getting to know the other attendants, and helped increase my knowledge of the practices of other medical libraries in the upstate and Ontario areas.

 

Additionally, the conference highlighted a few individual speaker presentations. I found Lane Rasberry’s, the Wikipedian-in-Residence at Consumer Reports, presentation on the status of Wikipedia’s medical content to be particularly enlightening. He was an incredibly lively speaker who was able to clearly communicate to the audience exactly how Wikipedia content is updated and maintained. Before this presentation, I had no idea that the Wikipedia standard is that every line of text should have a cited, reliable source. Nor did I know that Wikipedia has a community of reviewers that periodically check each line of text and the cited source. In fact, I’m sure I did not previously know many of the content editing and reviewing practices of Wikipedia Mr. Rasberry was able to update us on. In short, a fantastic and educational presentation that was able to interest me in the present and future of Wikipedia.

Overall our medical librarians greatly enjoyed the opportunity to network with other medical librarians from the area and participate in the collaborative learning environment offered at the 2016 UNYOC conference in Watkins Glen.

During the conference, Ms. Keenan and Ms. Ferrer presented a poster titled “Effect of a Workplace Canine Companion: Analysis of a Survey Evaluation of Employees,” featuring our office dog, Tobias.