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Diagnostic delay and error can lead to patient harm. In fact, mortality data from autopsies showed that 35% to 40% of deaths were due to missed diagnoses.1 Research has confirmed that cognitive mistakes by physicians are the predominant cause of this error.2 Although most medical cases are ultimately correctly diagnosed and treated, errors leading to delay may result in poor quality of care, patient safety risks, increased costs, and, in some cases, malpractice litigation.3,4
VisualDx assists diagnostic decision-making areas where physicians and other providers have expressed a consistent need – those areas requiring pattern recognition expertise. We help physicians recognize and diagnose by leveraging the innate human ability to pattern match. Simply search by patient factors to see a visual differential diagnosis. VisualDx combines the best medical images in the world – reviewed and confirmed by leading physician experts – with a unique and powerful search engine to give you patient-specific answers in seconds. Serious infectious, immunologic, metabolic, nutritional, psychiatric, and genetic diseases often present visually. See case studies showing how VisualDx supports diagnostic accuracy.
We had a man present with a very unusual rash on his hand. Using VisualDx, we were able to accurately diagnose Mycobacterium marinum. The dermatologist that we referred him to was quite impressed that we were able to correctly diagnose it. – Dr. Dino Messina, Program Director of the Primary Care Residency Program, Danbury Hospital