People on the frontlines of the healthcare system in Botswana often face many challenges, including:
- Working in remote areas
- Limited training in dermatology and other subspecialties
- A lack of sufficient reference materials that are easily accessible at the point of care that can help with diagnosis and management
- VisualDx, an award-winning mobile clinical decision support tool that has been adapted for use without internet access in a limited-resource setting.
- VisualDx combines problem-oriented clinical search with the world’s best curated medical image library, plus medical knowledge from experts and sophisticated machine learning algorithms to help with differential diagnosis, variation, treatment, and patient communication.
This pilot study, conducted March 2021 through August 2021, showed that VisualDx was a well-received medical clinical decision-support system (MCDSS) tool amongst the study population and has the potential to upskill and empower general practitioners to do more at the point of care.
Through widespread use of VisualDx it could be reasonably hypothesized that the following benefits would be seen:
- improved patient outcomes
- reduced stress on the medical system through reduced need for referrals
- improved continuing medical education
The ability to access information quickly without requiring a network connection are crucial to the success of MCDSS tools in remote clinics and other facilities with limited resources.
VisualDx doesn’t only give you the condition, it goes all the way to managing and treating. So you can really rely on it. I can recommend it 100%.
—Nurse in Gabarone, Botswana
This health initiative is supported by: