Pediatrician Stephen Borowitz was walking the floors of the University of Virginia Children's Hospital with his residents when he was presented with an unusual case.
The patient was a boy who was very ill with a severe childhood disease called hemorrhagic shock and encephalopathy syndrome. Borowitz says the boy had significant neurological damage and was fed through an intravenous feeding tube.
The immediate problem was that he had a fever. But he was showing other symptoms that didn't match his condition. "He had developed diarrhea, which is extremely unusual for him, and he seemed uncomfortable," Borowitz says.
Borowitz worried that the culprit was a bloodstream infection, a typical problem with patients with intravenous feeding tubes. But something still didn't seem right.
So Borowitz and his residents consulted Isabel, a Web-based medical technology that generates a list of possible diagnoses based on the patients' symptoms.
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