About this project
The problem we solve:
Up to $12 billion is wasted each year due to unnecessary medical imaging . Unnecessary imaging has several downstream effects that are very troublesome: leading to unnecessary surgical procedures, increased surveillance imaging (due to incidental findings), and most serious -- exposing patients to ionized radiation. Increased exposure to ionized radiation has the potential to elevate a patient's lifetime risk of developing cancer. A landmark Lancet study (https://goo.gl/LUIcQF) even showed how CT scans to children can increase the risk of cancer. In 2012 the FDA created an initiative to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from medical imaging -- one of their key principles was "Justification". The FDA stated patients should have access to information that permits a discussion of whether a particular imaging test should be done. We are solving this problem.
About our solution:
Our solution will be a free medical app that will reduce unnecessary medical imaging. We will utilize similar techniques we used when we created the HEART Pathway app -- using validated and evidence based decision literature. In this case, the app will have a physician algorithm and patient algorithm. Often times physicians cite defensive medicine and lack of time in ordering unnecessary medical imaging. Our app will focus on using algorithms to explain why patients don't necessarily need a head CT after trauma, a CT scan or MRI of their back, and many more. We have used evidence based data to create our algorithms and pathways, such as the PECARN criteria, Canadian CT head Injury Rules, and more. Patients will get easy to understand information on why a test isn't being performed and how much radiation exposure they are saving themselves from. Physicians will be able to keep track of how much cumulative radiation exposure they saved all their patients. Progress to date:
We want to create a free app that any patient or physician can use. We have already created the key algorithms that we will employ within the app. We are going to be using a similar framework as our HEART Pathway app. Since the architecture of the app will be similar to our already released app we should be able to produce the app in a cost effective manner.
About Our Team
Dr. Iltifat Husain, MD
Emergency Medicine, Practicing Physician
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Wake Forest University School of Medicine Bio:
I am an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine with experience in creating and deploying successful translational medicine projects. I created the website iMedicalApps when I was a medical student. It's now the most popular physician run medical publication on mobile technology. I am also the co-creater of the HEART Pathway app, a app that reduces over-testing and hospital admissions for patients presenting to the ER with chest pain.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
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About Our Company
Decision Point Informatics Location:
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Website: http://decisionpointinformatics.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/DPI_Medicine Product stage:
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