Medical misdiagnosis is a bigger problem than many of us realize. There have been estimates that doctors seriously misdiagnose fatal illnesses about 20 percent of the time. Sometimes, the misdiagnosis is malpractice because the doctor missed a clear or obvious symptom that he/she should not have missed. Other times, it is not malpractice because the doctor did what other reasonably prudent doctors would have done in a similar situation.
Whether it is malpractice or not, misdiagnosis can lead to a patient not being treated and the patient experiencing the problems from non-treatment. Or the misdiagnosis can lead to the patient receiving treatment that can be painful and/or harmful to the patient.
In the late 1990′s, Jason and Charlotte Maude’s 3 year old daughter Isabel had a condition that was misdiagnosed. Isabel spent two months in hospital, including a month in PICU after experiencing multiple organ failure and cardiac arrest. Rather than pursue a possible medical malpractice claim against the hospital and doctors, the Maude’s decided to find a solution.
What the Maude’s came up with is now known as Isabel Healthcare (named in honor of their daughter). It is a website where doctors and other medical providers can type in the symptoms that a patient exhibits and then it will report possible conditions that the patient may have.
The results are not definitive, but they do tend to cause the doctors and medical providers to consider more medical conditions and may help doctors to keep from overlooking some conditions.
Presently, Isabel Healthcare has tens of thousands of users in over a hundred countries.
Isabel Healthcare appears to be a good tool for doctors and health care providers to use. It helps their patients by helping to determine the right diagnosis which then leads to the right treatment for patients. And it helps the doctors and medical providers avoid medical misdiagnosis which may be medical malpractice.
The above is general information only. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk with a lawyer licensed in your state.