Indiana hospitals receive diagnosing, disease prevention support

By Molly Merrill
12:00 AM

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Department of Health has issued the deployment of visual clinical decision support systems that will be installed in 53 sites across the state to improve diagnoses and emergency preparedness in hospitals and clinics.

The pilot program will distribute the clinical decision support software system, VisualDx, throughout 42 hospitals and 11 local health departments and clinics in Indiana. The software system provides access to more than 14,000 images that can help diagnose more than 800 visually identifiable diseases, drug reactions or infections.

"I have practiced tropical medicine all over the world. I am very impressed by the ability of VisualDx to generate a working differential diagnosis from a description of skin lesions and signs that is accurate and includes both the common and exotic," said Ted Bailey, MD, Indiana State Health assistant commissioner, response operators and CMO.

VisualDx meets Health Resources and Services Administration and Centers for Disease Control bioterrorism preparedness requirements and supports Health and Human Services pandemic flu preparedness plan to prevent and protect the spread of disease.

The software system serves to reduce patient referrals to specialists by providing access to a quick second opinion. It also helps to cut down cost when used in conjunction with telemedicine and remote patient care.  

"We are thrilled about the deployment of VisualDx throughout the state of Indiana. I am confident the response across the state will be positive as clinicians realize the quality and convenience of the information provided. I believe patients will value the presence of an additional resource for their doctors as well," said Art Papier, MD, chief scientific officer of Logical Images, the company that produces VisualDx.

The Indiana State Department of Health's Center for Disease Control preparedness funded the pilot program. In addition to the initial pilot sites, individual health centers have also purchased the software independently. Federal grants are also available through state's HRSA coordinators.

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