Diagnosis and treatment
Epocrates launches new decision
SAN MATEO, Calif. – Epocrates Inc., provider of mobile and desktop
clinical applications, has announced the launch of the Epocrates SxDx
disease diagnosis and treatment reference and symptom assessment tool.
This unique application, developed in collaboration with Massachusetts
General Hospital’s Laboratory of Computer Science, provides intelligent
decision support to clinicians throughout the diagnosis process.
Developed for mobile devices including personal digital assistants (PDAs),
the new product allows healthcare professionals to enter patient
symptoms and findings to generate a clinically useful diagnosis index to
the Epocrates disease reference.
“I am very excited about the availability of this product,” said Michael
Karp, MD, Ambridge Area Healthcare Services. “There are other disease
guides on the market, but Epocrates SxDx is the only one that will
support my patient evaluation and treatment decisions from start to
finish. I can see how this new feature will fit into my practice and
help save time by allowing me to look up a patient’s symptoms as they
are reported without interrupting the consultation.”
Epocrates’ newest product allows clinicians to enter an unlimited number
of symptoms, examination findings, such as lab results, and key patient
demographics, to generate a list of the plausible diagnoses in the
Epocrates disease reference.
A key differentiating feature of Epocrates SxDx is the ability of the
application to prompt clinicians to refine their input list based on the
prevalence and likelihood of patient symptoms and findings. Potential
diagnoses are then seamlessly integrated with more than 1,200 disease
topics and 3,300 continually updated drug monographs.
“This integration of a diagnosis index and the Epocrates mobile medical
reference content can help to support clinical decisions wherever they
are made,” said Octo Barnett, MD, Senior Scientific Director of
Massachusetts General Hospital’s Laboratory of Computer Science and
Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
The Epocrates SxDx application is powered by a proprietary set of
algorithms developed by the Laboratory of Computer Science at
Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard
Medical School. This sophisticated symptom assessment tool organizes and
displays results ordered according to several factors, including
frequency of findings in a particular disease, prevalence of the
findings in the general population and frequency of disease occurrence.
“Launching Epocrates SxDx reinforces our commitment to deliver solutions
that help clinicians improve the safety and quality of patient care. We
are proud to introduce this new product offering a more robust suite of
mobile clinical applications to our customers,” said Kirk Loevner,
chairman and chief executive officer of Epocrates.
About Epocrates, Inc.
San Mateo, CA-based Epocrates is transforming the practice of medicine
by providing innovative clinical solutions at the point of care and
deploying leading-edge technologies that enable communication. The
company has built a clinical network connecting more than 500,000
healthcare professionals, including one in four U.S. physicians and one
in two U.S. medical students, with the healthcare industry. Epocrates’
products have shown a positive impact on patient safety, healthcare
efficiency and patient satisfaction. Epocrates was recently ranked 257
in the 24th annual Inc.500 ranking of the fastest-growing private
companies in the country. For more information about Epocrates, please
About the Massachusetts General Hospital Laboratory of Computer
The Laboratory of Computer Science (LCS) is the Clinical and Research
Informatics Division of the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts
General Hospital. The LCS (http://mghlcs.org) provides clinical and
research information systems support to the hospital and conducts active
research into the application of computer technology to medical record
systems, physician workstations, clinical problem solving, expert
systems in medical diagnosis, knowledge management, and clinical
research. The LCS also directs a postdoctoral training program in
medical informatics that is sponsored by the National Library of