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The Hindu Business Line: The UK-based diagnostic search engine company (yes, it’s kind of Google for medical diagnosis) Isabel Healthcare is…

The Hindu Business Line: The UK-based diagnostic search engine company (yes, it’s kind of Google for medical diagnosis) Isabel Healthcare is eyeing Indian market. Isabel is an online search (engine) which will provide a list of diagnoses to the doctor if he searches using keywords on the basis of the patient’s symptoms. After this, the doctor can decide on the course of treatment.

“Isabel is an award-winning, clinical decision support system. Its unique feature is a diagnosis reminder system. For a given set of clinical features Isabel instantly provides the clinician a checklist of likely diagnoses, related diagnoses and causative drugs,” says the company website.

Isabel was initially launched in the UK in 2002 covering paediatric illnesses, a year ago in the US, and now it’s looking at India. Dr Joseph Britto, co-founder and CEO of Isabel Healthcare Inc, is in India. While some hospitals are evaluating the system, Manipal Hospital has already installed it. Software development for the system is being done at Bangalore and the system is installed at a price of $90 per bed, almost half its US price, Dr Britto said.

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