Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Select Isabel Healthcare – #HIMSS12

Diagnosis decision support tool helps physicians determine correct diagnosis the first time; enhances point-of-care diagnostic skills of residents and medical students

LAS VEGAS-HIMSS Annual Conference-Feb. 20, 2012-Isabel Healthcare today announced that Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha, Neb., and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital(LLUCH), Loma Linda, Calif., have selected Isabel, its diagnosis decision support and clinical knowledge system to assist their combined 950 physicians identify a patient’s diagnosis accurately the first time. The two facilities will further employ the Isabel web application to instruct, train and improve the diagnostic skills of residents and medical students at the point of care.

Isabel Healthcare will demonstrate its solution at booth #13247 at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Conference. The event is this week at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

“We chose Isabel because there is no other decision support solution like it on the market,” said George Reynolds, M.D., MMM, vice president, chief medical informatics officer and chief information officer at the 145-bed Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. “When our physicians work unusual or complex cases, they can enter the symptoms at the point of care into Isabel, and the solution will generate potential diagnoses. This tool empowers our 600 doctors in making the right decisions and arrive at the right diagnosis as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Children’s (Omaha, Neb.) will integrate Isabel with an ambulatory EMR and its new inpatient electronic health record (EHR).

“Like every other EHR, our electronic records solution is bundled with traditional clinical decision support,” continued Reynolds, a pediatric intensivist. “However, that kind of decision support software differs significantly from Isabel’s because it is more closely aligned with medication prescribing. It tells experienced clinicians how to treat a diagnosis that they have already determined. Isabel, instead, helps them identify the diagnosis. The tool broadens our decision support portfolio and greatly expands the quality of care we deliver to infants, children and young adults.”

In addition to decision support, Children’s will use Isabel as a resource to teach its more than 150 residents and medical students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine.

“Isabel is a remarkably potent teaching tool,” Reynolds said. “Not only does it provide very specialized advice to practitioners who are very experienced, the solution serves as a general educational platform for residents just launching their careers and medical students.”

Richard Chinnock, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at the 277-bed LLUCH, which renewed its contract with Isabel, agreed.

“At LLUCH, we have several physicians who have written the textbook in their specialty,” Chinnock explained. “They don’t need Isabel to figure out complicated diagnoses; however, the residents who work with them and who admit and evaluate patients want to know what those experts are thinking. Isabel helps our house staff and medical students hone their clinical and diagnostic skills. It’s a tremendous teaching aid.”

“We are honored to partner with Children’s Hospital and Loma Linda to support their shared mission to achieve clinical excellence and train the next generation of practicing physicians,” said Don Bauman, Isabel Healthcare’s chief executive officer. “Finding time to diagnose early and accurately in our knowledge-intensive industry is a huge challenge and if performed incorrectly can waste resources and lead to potentially life threatening and costly errors. Our knowledge management tool helps doctors reach a more informed judgment in a matter of seconds.This advanced intelligence can lead to more appropriate test ordering and treatment planning.”

About Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Proudly serving children since 1948, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is recognized as a 2011-12 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Repot in cardiology and heart surgery, and orthopedics. It is the only full-service, pediatric health care center in Nebraska providing expertise in more than 30 pediatric specialty services to children across a five-state region and beyond. Located in Omaha, the 145-bed, non-profit hospital houses the only dedicated pediatric emergency department in the region and offers 24-hour, in-house services by pediatric critical care specialists.

About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) includes services for all pediatric patients and for obstetrics. It is internationally recognized for its pioneering pediatric heart transplant program and for having the first clinically dedicated proton beam treatment center in the world. LLUCH offers a full spectrum of services, including heart, kidney and bone marrow transplant. It hosts a level I pediatric trauma center – one of only three in the state. An 84-bed NICU, 25-bed PIC and 14-bed Cardiac ICU bring cutting edge therapies to a 4-county area of California comprising approximately 25% of the land mass of the state. It is the major teaching hospital for pediatric training for 82 pediatric and med/peds residents and for 170 medical students of Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

About Isabel Healthcare

Isabel Healthcare Inc. was founded in 2000 by Jason Maude and is named after Maude’s daughter who almost died after a potentially fatal illness was not recognized. For over 10 years, Isabel Healthcare has provided the Isabel diagnosis decision support system to hospitals, physician practices and individual physicians and gained peer reviewed validation and unmatched experience. Today, Isabel is the only diagnosis decision support system fully integrated with EMR and is used by thousands of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and students world-wide, providing diagnostic support and education by broadening their differential diagnostic considerations. Connect with us at, 734-332-0612 or or to learn more.