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Expanded DynaMed™ and Isabel Relationship Creates Powerful Integration of Diagnosis and Treatment Information Tools

Evidence-Based Medicine Expands to Differential Diagnosis through Integration 

IPSWICH, Mass. — February 18, 2013 — The growing relationship between two valuable resources that provide vital point-of-care information to healthcare providers has the potential to significantly impact the quality of patient care. The integration and a new reselling agreement between DynaMed , the premier evidence-based clinical information resource and Isabel Healthcare, which produces the highly respected differential diagnosis tool Isabel, seamlessly extends evidence-based medicine into diagnosis decision-making.

Extending evidence-based medicine into diagnosis will give clinicians key information necessary to help differentiate between the diagnoses suggested by Isabel and to decide on the next steps. Mutual customers can link from Isabel to access the evidence-based information in DynaMed, and it is now even easier for customers to acquire and integrate the two resources. The recently expanded partnership between DynaMed and Isabel allows healthcare organizations to easily purchase Isabel directly from EBSCO Publishing, the parent company of DynaMed. The strength of these combined resources along with DynaMed’s and Isabel’s ability to integrate into most Electronic Health Record systems, make it a convenient and indispensible tool for answering most clinical questions during practice.                                                                                                                 

Isabel is the industry-leading diagnosis decision support system designed to help broaden the differential and provide testing and treatment information at the point of need. For a given set of signs and symptoms, Isabel presents the clinician with a list of likely diagnoses to consider, and each diagnosis is linked to knowledge to help with further investigation, potential testing and treatment. The Isabel system has been extensively validated and is currently being used by leading healthcare systems to improve efficiency in decision making.

Jason Maude, founder of Isabel Healthcare, explained the power of the integrations between Isabel and DynaMed. “The DynaMed editorial team creates robust, evidence-based content that perfectly complements the differential diagnosis content in Isabel. The seamless integration between the two products creates a powerful synergy to improve efficiency in diagnosis decision making. As the first and most important decision made about the patient, getting the correct diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible enhances outcomes and reduces costs. The new platform also means that the content from other EBSCO products can be integrated and drawn to the clinician’s attention when needed.”

DynaMed Editor-in-Chief, Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, FAAFP, says this relationship with Isabel supports DynaMed’s core mission. “Providing clinicians the most useful information at the point of care is the goal of DynaMed and this partnership allows clinicians even more in-the-moment ways to bring evidence-based medicine into their practice.”

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions during practice.

Updated daily, DynaMed editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence. Through this process of systematic literature surveillance, the best available evidence determines the content of DynaMed.

For more information about Isabel and its integration with DynaMed, visit www.ebscohost.com/biomedical-libraries/isabel.

About Isabel Healthcare
Isabel Healthcare Inc. was founded in 2000 by Jason Maude and is named after Maude’s daughter who almost died after a potentially fatal illness was not recognized. For over 10 years, Isabel Healthcare has provided the Isabel diagnosis decision support system to hospitals, physician practices and individual physicians and gained peer reviewed validation and unmatched experience. Today, Isabel is the only diagnosis decision support system fully integrated with EMR and is used by thousands of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and students world-wide, providing diagnostic support and education by broadening their differential diagnostic considerations. Connect with us at info@isabelhealthcare.com, 734-332-0612 or www.isabelhealthcare.com or www.twitter.com/isabelhealth to learn more.

About EBSCO Publishing

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 375 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all medical professionals (doctors, nurses, medical librarians, social workers, hospital administrators, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as CINAHL®, DynaMed, Nursing Reference Center, Patient Education Reference Center, Rehabilitation Reference Center, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source and SocINDEX as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as MEDLINE®, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com.

February 22, 2013 I Written By

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EBSCO Publishing and Isabel Healthcare to Provide Integrated Access to Content in Isabel and DynaMed™ – #HIMSS12

A new agreement between EBSCO Publishing and Isabel Healthcare allows mutual customers to link from the Isabel diagnosis tool and the evidence-based point-of-care tool DynaMed. The agreement brings the evidence-based content from DynaMed into the diagnostic process and allows users easier access regardless of whether a search begins in Isabel or DynaMed.

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. The daily updates in DynaMed have led to DynaMed being recognized as the most current point-of-care reference in The British Medical Journal (BMJ 2011 Sep 23) and helped DynaMed rate higher than other disease reference tools in the latest KLAS report on Clinical Decision Support (Clinical Decision Support 2011: Understanding the Impact, 2011. © 2011 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. www.KLASresearch.com).

You can learn more about DynaMed, the Isabel agreement and the importance of evidence-based medicine in the clinical workflow by visiting the EBSCO Publishing booth (#819) at HIMSS 2012.

Agreement Provides Linking Between Isabel’s Diagnosis Decision Support Tool and the Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Support Content from DynaMed

IPSWICH, Mass. — February 21, 2012 — Institutions using the clinical decision support resources Isabel and DynaMed  will benefit from tighter integration of the two tools. A new agreement between Isabel Healthcare and EBSCO Publishing allows direct linking between the Isabel diagnosis tool and the evidence-based point-of-care tool DynaMed, allowing mutual customers to link from one resource to the other. The agreement brings the evidence-based content from DynaMed into the diagnostic process and allows users easier access regardless of whether a search begins in Isabel or DynaMed.

Isabel Healthcare provides a web-based application called Isabel, the industry leading diagnosis decision support system designed to provide essential diagnosis and treatment information at the point of need. For a given set of signs and symptoms, Isabel presents the clinician with a list of likely diagnoses to consider, and each diagnosis is linked to knowledge to help with further investigation, potential testing and treatment. The Isabel system has been extensively validated and is currently being used by leading healthcare systems across North America improving efficiency in decision making.

“We are excited about the tighter integration between DynaMed and Isabel and the decision making efficiencies associated with easy access to information at the point-of-need,” stated Don Bauman, CEO of Isabel Healthcare. “Improving decision making efficiency affords clinicians with more patient-facing time, improves time to diagnosis and treatment, and lowers costs.”

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions during practice.

Updated daily, DynaMed editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence. Through this process of Systematic Literature Surveillance, the best available evidence determines the content of DynaMed.

About Isabel Healthcare

Isabel Healthcare Inc. was founded in 2000 by Jason Maude and is named after Maude’s daughter who almost died after a potentially fatal illness was not recognized. For over 10 years, Isabel Healthcare has provided the Isabel diagnosis decision support system to hospitals, physician practices and individual physicians and gained peer reviewed validation and unmatched experience. Today, Isabel is the only diagnosis decision support system fully integrated with EMR and is used by thousands of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and students world-wide, providing diagnostic support and education by broadening their differential diagnostic considerations. Connect with us at info(at)isabelhealthcare(dot)com, 734-332-0612 or http://www.isabelhealthcare.com or http://www.twitter.com/isabelhealth to learn more.

About EBSCO Publishing

EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 350 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all medical professionals (doctors, nurses, medical librarians, social workers, hospital administrators, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as CINAHL®, DynaMed, Nursing Reference Center, Patient Education Reference Center, Rehabilitation Reference Center, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source and SocINDEX as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as MEDLINE®, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com.

February 22, 2012 I Written By

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Select Isabel Healthcare – #HIMSS12

Diagnosis decision support tool helps physicians determine correct diagnosis the first time; enhances point-of-care diagnostic skills of residents and medical students

LAS VEGAS-HIMSS Annual Conference-Feb. 20, 2012-Isabel Healthcare today announced that Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha, Neb., and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital(LLUCH), Loma Linda, Calif., have selected Isabel, its diagnosis decision support and clinical knowledge system to assist their combined 950 physicians identify a patient’s diagnosis accurately the first time. The two facilities will further employ the Isabel web application to instruct, train and improve the diagnostic skills of residents and medical students at the point of care.

Isabel Healthcare will demonstrate its solution at booth #13247 at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Conference. The event is this week at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

“We chose Isabel because there is no other decision support solution like it on the market,” said George Reynolds, M.D., MMM, vice president, chief medical informatics officer and chief information officer at the 145-bed Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. “When our physicians work unusual or complex cases, they can enter the symptoms at the point of care into Isabel, and the solution will generate potential diagnoses. This tool empowers our 600 doctors in making the right decisions and arrive at the right diagnosis as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Children’s (Omaha, Neb.) will integrate Isabel with an ambulatory EMR and its new inpatient electronic health record (EHR).

“Like every other EHR, our electronic records solution is bundled with traditional clinical decision support,” continued Reynolds, a pediatric intensivist. “However, that kind of decision support software differs significantly from Isabel’s because it is more closely aligned with medication prescribing. It tells experienced clinicians how to treat a diagnosis that they have already determined. Isabel, instead, helps them identify the diagnosis. The tool broadens our decision support portfolio and greatly expands the quality of care we deliver to infants, children and young adults.”

In addition to decision support, Children’s will use Isabel as a resource to teach its more than 150 residents and medical students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine.

“Isabel is a remarkably potent teaching tool,” Reynolds said. “Not only does it provide very specialized advice to practitioners who are very experienced, the solution serves as a general educational platform for residents just launching their careers and medical students.”

Richard Chinnock, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at the 277-bed LLUCH, which renewed its contract with Isabel, agreed.

“At LLUCH, we have several physicians who have written the textbook in their specialty,” Chinnock explained. “They don’t need Isabel to figure out complicated diagnoses; however, the residents who work with them and who admit and evaluate patients want to know what those experts are thinking. Isabel helps our house staff and medical students hone their clinical and diagnostic skills. It’s a tremendous teaching aid.”

“We are honored to partner with Children’s Hospital and Loma Linda to support their shared mission to achieve clinical excellence and train the next generation of practicing physicians,” said Don Bauman, Isabel Healthcare’s chief executive officer. “Finding time to diagnose early and accurately in our knowledge-intensive industry is a huge challenge and if performed incorrectly can waste resources and lead to potentially life threatening and costly errors. Our knowledge management tool helps doctors reach a more informed judgment in a matter of seconds.This advanced intelligence can lead to more appropriate test ordering and treatment planning.”

About Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Proudly serving children since 1948, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is recognized as a 2011-12 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Repot in cardiology and heart surgery, and orthopedics. It is the only full-service, pediatric health care center in Nebraska providing expertise in more than 30 pediatric specialty services to children across a five-state region and beyond. Located in Omaha, the 145-bed, non-profit hospital houses the only dedicated pediatric emergency department in the region and offers 24-hour, in-house services by pediatric critical care specialists.

About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) includes services for all pediatric patients and for obstetrics. It is internationally recognized for its pioneering pediatric heart transplant program and for having the first clinically dedicated proton beam treatment center in the world. LLUCH offers a full spectrum of services, including heart, kidney and bone marrow transplant. It hosts a level I pediatric trauma center – one of only three in the state. An 84-bed NICU, 25-bed PIC and 14-bed Cardiac ICU bring cutting edge therapies to a 4-county area of California comprising approximately 25% of the land mass of the state. It is the major teaching hospital for pediatric training for 82 pediatric and med/peds residents and for 170 medical students of Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

About Isabel Healthcare

Isabel Healthcare Inc. was founded in 2000 by Jason Maude and is named after Maude’s daughter who almost died after a potentially fatal illness was not recognized. For over 10 years, Isabel Healthcare has provided the Isabel diagnosis decision support system to hospitals, physician practices and individual physicians and gained peer reviewed validation and unmatched experience. Today, Isabel is the only diagnosis decision support system fully integrated with EMR and is used by thousands of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and students world-wide, providing diagnostic support and education by broadening their differential diagnostic considerations. Connect with us at info@isabelhealthcare.com, 734-332-0612 or Isabelhealthcare.com or info.isabelhealthcare.com/blog to learn more.

February 20, 2012 I Written By