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Estimates suggest that about 55 percent of skin diseases in the US will be diagnosed by a non-dermatologist. It probably comes as no surprise that more than half of all skin diseases will be diagnosed by general practitioners and pediatricians, given that the patient population in the US continues to balloon. Consider also that a dermatology workforce shortage has long been predicted, and many dermatologists are also dedicating time to cosmetic services and procedures.
Against this backdrop, health information technology (HIT) has emerge as a possible way to increase efficiency and help dermatologists see more patients for diagnosis and management of medical skin conditions.
Art Papier, MD has been at the forefront of diagnostic clinical decision support, which he emphasizes is not synonymous with electronic health records (EHR). He is the co-founder of VisualDX (along with Dr. Lowell Goldsmith), which is used by thousands of dermatologists, emergency physicians, hospitalists, and general practitioners worldwide for assistance with therapeutic selection, differential diagnosis, and patient education. He discusses the potential role for HIT in patient care and explains how technology can actually help dermatology get back to its roots.
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.