Diagnostic Imaging Pathways now available as an iPad app

The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Software Practice (CSP) has released a new iPad application designed to help clinicians to choose the most appropriate diagnostic imaging examinations in a wide range of clinical scenarios.

The diagnostic decision support tool and education resource has been developed by CSP in collaboration with the Department of Imaging Services at the Royal Perth Hospital.

Originally released as a web-based resource, Diagnostic Imaging Pathways includes more than 130 pathways covering all the major organ systems and common clinical scenarios. The pathways development was based on broad clinical consensus and best-available evidence, with the pathways under continuous review and development. The principle clinical lead behind the Diagnostic Imaging Pathways initiative, Professor Richard Mendelson, said the app will help doctors more appropriately refer patients to imaging services.

“Thirty per cent of imaging requests are incorrect or inappropriate — the iPad application ‘DipHD’ will help make sure that patients have the best chance of getting the most accurate diagnosis,” said Professor Mendelson.

CSP Director Associate Professor David Glance said having the pathways available on the iPad ensures that doctors will have ready access to this and future guidelines.

“Imaging is the first step in future pathways that will also involve pathology and clinical referral guidelines,” Associate Professor Glance said.

Further information and a link to the DipHD app is available at the Diagnostic Imaging Pathways website.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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