Wisconsin Health System Installs Computer System for Diagnosis Support

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 General News J E 4
EAU CLAIRE, Wis., Nov. 10 Luther Midelfort-Mayo HealthSystem is the first healthcare provider in Wisconsin to implement the IsabelSystem, a computer program that helps physicians make diagnoses by tapping amassive medical knowledge data base to match symptoms with diseases.


Using the new system, physicians are provided with a checklist of likelydiagnoses from a database of 11,000 potential diagnoses in seconds. They canthen download the latest pertinent medical research and recommended treatmentsfor the case.

Based in Eau Claire, Luther Midelfort operates as part of the Mayo HealthSystem and offers a wide range of medical services in six locations in westernWisconsin.

According to Joseph Britto, M.D, chief executive officer of IsabelHealthcare Inc., "Physicians must cope with an explosion in medical knowledge.More than 450,000 medical journal articles are published every year. Newdrugs and new treatments are constantly being introduced. The Isabel Systemprovides clinicians relevant information at the point-of-care, in the hospitalor physician's office."

The Isabel system is now in use at 18 major medical centers, includingChildren's Hospitals of Minnesota, Carle Foundation Hospital, Loma LindaMedical Center, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, University of VirginiaHealth System, Partners Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the WashingtonUniversity School of Medicine to help improve diagnosis quality and reduceclinical risk.

Isabel Healthcare, based in Falls Church, VA, was founded in 2000 by JasonMaude and Joseph Britto MD. The company is named after Maude's youngdaughter, who almost died in 1999 after a potentially fatal illness was notrecognized by family and ER physicians. For company background, see


James Harris, Westside Public Relations,Tel: 310-398-5565Dr. Joseph Britto, CEO, Isabel Healthcare,joseph.britto@isabelhealthcare.comTel: 703-289-8855

SOURCE Isabel Healthcare


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