Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center First in New York State to Leverage New Technology When Diagnosing Complex Conditions

Thursday, October 23, 2008 General News
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VALHALLA, N.Y., Oct. 22 Maria Fareri Children's Hospitalat Westchester Medical Center is the first children's hospital in New YorkState to provide pediatric specialists with an additional resource indiagnosing complex conditions, further enhancing the outstanding care thehospital provides to its pediatric patients.

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The Web-based tool, from Isabel Healthcare Inc., (Falls Church, VA),enables physicians handling some of the nation's toughest cases to interactreal-time with a massive medical knowledge database, providing immediatereference materials based on a patient's symptoms and clinical issues.

According to Dr. Robert Weiss, Director of Pediatric Nephrology at MariaFareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, "As a major tertiarycare academic medical center, our staff is regularly presented with complexdiagnostic cases. The Isabel system complements the knowledge and experienceof our physicians to provide the most accurate and fastest diagnoses at thepoint of care. Also, as part of our mission to train new pediatricians, MariaFareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is dedicated to usingthe most sophisticated tools to educate trainees."

Today, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Centerprovides care to nearly 13,000 children annually in its pediatric emergencydepartment, and approximately 6000 inpatients and those undergoing surgicalprocedures. The hospital is the advanced care pediatric facility for NewYork's Hudson Valley with more than 300 providers devoted to children'shealthcare. As such, the hospital sees and treats the region's most uniquecases.

Isabel's medical knowledge library contains 11,000 potential diagnoses,4,200 drug suggestions and 100,000 articles from medical journals. Isabelenables physicians to scan dozens of potential diagnoses and treatments withjust a few clicks. Nearly two dozen published research studies have shownIsabel to be fast, easy to use and 95% accurate in suggesting diagnoses. Inaddition, the system has been validated by more than 35,000 healthcareproviders worldwide in live clinical settings.

The Isabel system is now in use at the leading hospitals which form theChild Health Corporation of America, as well as major U.S. medical centers,including Kaiser Permanente, Loma Linda Medical Center, University of VirginiaHealth System and the Washington University School of Medicine. The softwarecan be interfaced with many leading electronic medical records systems.

With hundreds of clinical and surgical specialists in every medical field,Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is dedicated tothe health and well-being of children -- treating more than 30,000 patientseach year. From pediatric trauma and intensive care, to cancer and heartdisease and complex gastrointestinal disorders including livertransplantation, this clinical expertise is provided in a state of-the-artbuilding that was designed from the point of view of children and theirfamilies, not just from the perspective of doctors and nurses. This concept isthe cornerstone of the approach in providing healthcare for children called"family-centered care" -- involving parents, siblings and family members in achild's treatment, every step of the way. This specially created environmentenables medical specialists to provide the most advanced care to patients.For more information, see

Isabel Healthcare, based in Falls Church, VA, was founded in 2000 by JasonMaude and Joseph Britto, M.D. 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 Andrew LaGuardia, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center,, Tel: 914-493-6532 James Harris, Westside Public Relations, Tel: 310-398-5565 Dr. Joseph Britto, CEO, Isabel Healthcare,, Tel: 703-289-8855

SOURCE Isabel Healthcare

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