USA Today (9/6, Donaghue) reports that "a 2003 Journal of the American Medical Association review of autopsy studies" found that "doctors misdiagnose 8 percent to 24 percent of the time." To combat this problem, some are turning to technology. "Doctors are increasingly using the Internet, even search programs as basic as Google, when they’re stumped, according to ‘Googling for a Diagnosis,’ a British Medical Journal study last year." Others turn to computerized tools like Isabel, currently found in 18 hospitals, with a pricetag of about $750. The tool allows physicians to put a list of the patient’s symptoms into the system, and then "generates a list of possible diagnoses." Another technology, "Problem Knowledge Couplers — a technology that ‘couples’ patient symptoms with relevant medical literature," allows patients to "enter their symptom information into the Web-based tool and walk through the medical knowledge with their doctor."
Category: General Healthcare News