Isabel Healthcare and American Board of Internal Medicine To Conduct a Feasibility Study of Knowledge Support Resources in Physician Assessments
Ann Arbor, MI—December 14, 2012– Isabel Healthcare announced today that American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) signed an agreement to conduct a feasibility study to determine how the Isabel diagnostic support system could be linked to assessments of physician skill and knowledge.
For more than 75 years, certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has stood for the highest standard in internal medicine and its 19 subspecialties. Board certification means that internists have demonstrated – to their peers and to the public – that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care.
ABIM is constantly striving to make its assessments as rigorous, valid, and consistent with real-world clinical practice as possible. ABIM’s examinations have been “closed book,” designed to test a physician’s knowledge and judgment without allowing the use of electronic tools. In an effort to begin exploring the use of such tools during part of its assessments, ABIM will conduct a feasibility study to determine how it might add the Isabel tool set to its assessments. The Isabel knowledge management tool is an easy-to-use diagnosis list generator and clinical content organizer that supports efficient decision making regarding diagnosis, testing and treatment.
“We are excited to collaborate with ABIM on this project,” said Don Bauman, Isabel Healthcare chief executive officer. “We share ABIM’s ultimate desire to establish assessments that reflect what physicians actually do in practice. We hope that the Isabel tool can be used as a resource for physicians in the certification programs, to inform and hopefully improve their decision making and clinical judgment.”
The feasibility study is in the very early stages of development. Over the course of the next twelve months, ABIM and Isabel will develop the technology that links the tool with a mock assessment. The technology will be evaluated for feasibility, accuracy, and usability. If successful, future feasibility and possibly pilot studies will investigate how the technology could enhance physician assessments, potentially using Isabel and other computerized knowledge support resources.
“One of the main criticisms we get about our secure exams is that physicians can’t use outside resources, such as Internet searches or electronic decision aids, as they do in the real world. We are open to incorporating such tools into some assessments as long as they don’t affect our high standards for reliability, validity, and rigor. This feasibility study will help us begin this journey,” stated Rebecca Lipner, PhD, senior vice president evaluation, research and development with ABIM.
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 checklist system fully
integrated with EMR and is used by thousands of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and students
worldwide, providing diagnostic support and education by broadening their differential diagnostic considerations.
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For more than 75 years, certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has stood for the highest standard in internal medicine and its 19 subspecialties and has meant that internists have demonstrated – to their peers and to the public – that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. ABIM is not a membership society, but a non-profit, independent evaluation organization. Our accountability is both to the profession of medicine and to the public. ABIM is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties. For additional updates, follow ABIM on Facebook and Twitter.
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Don Bauman, CEO, Isabel Healthcare