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HealthLeaders: 5 Ways Health Systems Can Use A Clinical Decision Support Tool to Provide Better Care

medschool_small.jpg(MARCH 26, 2019) by Mandy Roth

In an era when physicians are burdened by the complexity of the electronic health record (EHR), adding another tool to their clinical practice mix is sometimes met with resistance. VisualDx appears to be one innovation cutting through the clutter and is used by physicians at health systems because it provides ways for them to perform their jobs more efficiently and effectively, some physicians say.

VisualDx is a clinical decision support system used by more than half of U.S. medical schools and more than 1,700 hospitals and institutions nationwide, including Stanford Health Care, Yale Health, Mayo Clinic, and the entire Veterans Health Administration system, according to Art Papier, MD, co-founder and CEO of the Rochester, New York-based company that developed the tool. It combines clinical search with a medical image library, plus knowledge from medical experts to help with diagnosis, treatment, self-education, and patient communication. The tool can be accessed via an online portal or smartphone.

HealthLeaders takes a deeper look at this innovation in a separate story. Picture This: A Tech Tool That Helps Physicians Make More Accurate Diagnoses Through Imagery. Following are five ways the health systems are using the tool to provide better healthcare:

  1. 1. Keeps physicians on top of current protocols
  2. 2. Helps PCPs and ED docs diagnose dermatological conditions and reduce referrals
  3. 3. Improves the patient experience
  4. 4. Offers a rapid way to diagnose unusual conditions and diseases
  5. 5. Guides diagnostic processes in a way that EMRs cannot
Read the full HealthLeaders article with thoughts from Louis Krenn, MD, chief medical information officer and family physician at CoxHealth and Ron Elfenbein, MD, an emergency physicians at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

About VisualDx

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.

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