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by Kaylee Dusang (APRIL 24, 2020)
As the novel coronavirus pushes the American healthcare system to capacity, relief may come from research aiming to protect astronaut health in deep space.
The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at the Baylor College of Medicine funds health and performance research for a future human-crewed mission to Mars. The Institute is a partner to NASA's Human Research Program.
"Now more than ever, we are seeing how the research we fund to help our astronauts survive deep-space missions has immediate impact for all of us on Earth," said TRISH Director Dr. Dorit Donoviel, associate professor in the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor.
In deep space, astronauts will need to self-diagnose and provide their treatment, as access to a doctor or hospital is not possible. The Institute is working with VisualDx to build a clinical decision support tool for the mission to Mars.
VisualDx is an award-winning diagnostic clinical decision support system that has become the standard electronic resource at more than half of U.S. medical schools and more than 1,500 hospitals and institutions nationwide. VisualDx combines clinical search with the world's best medical image library, plus medical knowledge from experts to help with diagnosis, treatment, self-education, and patient communication. Expanding to provide diagnostic decision support across General Medicine, the new VisualDx brings increased speed and accuracy to the art of diagnosis. Learn more at www.visualdx.com.