Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center First in New York...

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Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center First in New
York State to Leverage New Technology When Diagnosing Complex Conditions

VALHALLA, N.Y., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Maria Fareri Children's Hospital
at Westchester Medical Center is the first children's hospital in New York
State to provide pediatric specialists with an additional resource in
diagnosing complex conditions, further enhancing the outstanding care the
hospital provides to its pediatric patients.
    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061003/LATU006LOGO )
    The Web-based tool, from Isabel Healthcare Inc., (Falls Church, VA),
enables physicians handling some of the nation's toughest cases to interact
real-time with a massive medical knowledge database, providing immediate
reference materials based on a patient's symptoms and clinical issues.
    According to Dr. Robert Weiss, Director of Pediatric Nephrology at Maria
Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, "As a major tertiary
care academic medical center, our staff is regularly presented with complex
diagnostic cases.  The Isabel system complements the knowledge and experience
of our physicians to provide the most accurate and fastest diagnoses at the
point of care.  Also, as part of our mission to train new pediatricians, Maria
Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is dedicated to using
the most sophisticated tools to educate trainees."
    Today, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center
provides care to nearly 13,000 children annually in its pediatric emergency
department, and approximately 6000 inpatients and those undergoing surgical
procedures. The hospital is the advanced care pediatric facility for New
York'sHudson Valley with more than 300 providers devoted to children's
healthcare.  As such, the hospital sees and treats the region's most unique
cases.
    Isabel's medical knowledge library contains 11,000 potential diagnoses,
4,200 drug suggestions and 100,000 articles from medical journals. Isabel
enables physicians to scan dozens of potential diagnoses and treatments with
just a few clicks. Nearly two dozen published research studies have shown
Isabel to be fast, easy to use and 95% accurate in suggesting diagnoses. In
addition, the system has been validated by more than 35,000 healthcare
providers worldwide in live clinical settings.
    The Isabel system is now in use at the leading hospitals which form the
Child Health Corporation of America, as well as major U.S. medical centers,
including Kaiser Permanente, Loma Linda Medical Center, University of Virginia
Health System and the Washington University School of Medicine. The software
can be interfaced with many leading electronic medical records systems.
    With hundreds of clinical and surgical specialists in every medical field,
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is dedicated to
the health and well-being of children -- treating more than 30,000 patients
each year. From pediatric trauma and intensive care, to cancer and heart
disease and complex gastrointestinal disorders including liver
transplantation, this clinical expertise is provided in a state of-the-art
building that was designed from the point of view of children and their
families, not just from the perspective of doctors and nurses. This concept is
the cornerstone of the approach in providing healthcare for children called
"family-centered care" -- involving parents, siblings and family members in a
child's treatment, every step of the way. This specially created environment
enables medical specialists to provide the most advanced care to patients.
For more information, see www.worldclassmedicine.com/MFCH
    Isabel Healthcare, based in Falls Church, VA, was founded in 2000 by Jason
Maude and Joseph Britto, M.D. The company is named after Maude's young
daughter, who almost died in 1999 after a potentially fatal illness was not
recognized by family and ER physicians.  For company background, see
http://www.isabelhealthcare.com/home/faq
    Contacts:
    Andrew LaGuardia, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical
    Center, laguardiaa@wcmc.com, Tel: 914-493-6532

    James Harris, Westside Public Relations jharris@westsidepr.com, Tel:
    310-398-5565

    Dr. Joseph Britto, CEO, Isabel Healthcare,
    joseph.britto@isabelhealthcare.com, Tel: 703-289-8855

SOURCE  Isabel Healthcare

Andrew LaGuardia, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical
Center, +1-914-493-6532, laguardiaa@wcmc.com, James Harris, Westside Public
Relations, +1-310-398-5565, jharris@westsidepr.com; or Dr. Joseph Britto, CEO,
Isabel Healthcare, +1-703-289-8855, joseph.britto@isabelhealthcare.com
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