Coverys Signs Exclusive Agreement with VisualDx to Help Reduce Medical Diagnostic Errors

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Coverys offers computerized diagnostic support for physicians through VisualDx

“Patient misdiagnosis is the leading cause of medical malpractice claims and negatively impacts patients and policyholders, resulting in skyrocketing medical costs,” said Geri Amori, PhD, vice president for academic affairs for Coverys.

Coverys, a leading provider of medical professional liability insurance and related services, announced that it has secured an agreement with VisualDx, a leading developer of diagnostic clinical decision support technology, to exclusively offer its comprehensive digital diagnostic support system to help physicians improve diagnostic accuracy.

The VisualDx system enables rapid search of diagnostic possibilities at the point of care and is built upon the world’s largest metadata-enabled visual library of medical diagnoses with more than 100,000 curated images representing all areas of medicine. This system allows physicians and frontline healthcare professionals to enter specific data about a patient’s condition, then quickly build a unique, visual-centric differential diagnosis. Users then work through the comparative images and diagnostic information to arrive at the best diagnosis; then educate and engage the patient in the selection of treatment options.

“Patient misdiagnosis is the leading cause of medical malpractice claims and negatively impacts patients and policyholders, resulting in skyrocketing medical costs,” said Geri Amori, PhD, vice president for academic affairs for Coverys. “We are pleased to offer an integrated program designed to aid physicians in accurate patient diagnoses with the goal of reducing misdiagnosis in medical practice today.”

“Coverys is leading the way by encouraging the use of diagnostic decision software for policyholders, all in the interest of patient safety and improved healthcare delivery,” said Dr. Art Papier, chief executive officer, VisualDx. “Our point-of-care information technology combined with Coverys’ proactive approach to clinical risk management and education can ultimately lead to enhanced patient care and a reduction in the rate of diagnostic error. We are very pleased to work with Coverys to help improve medical decisions and patient outcomes.”

As part of the agreement, Coverys will provide the VisualDx digital diagnostic support technology to point-of-care hospitals and medical practices and provide continuing medical education (CME) credit to medical personnel, as well as insurance premium discounts for Coverys policyholders that use the VisualDx technology.

The agreement between Coverys and VisualDx was effective June 30, 2015.

ABOUT COVERYS
Coverys is an innovative medical professional liability insurance provider dedicated to helping its policyholders and clients anticipate, identify and manage risk to reduce errors, eliminate inefficiency and improve outcomes. As one of the largest medical professional liability insurance providers in the country, Coverys is responsible for insuring over 32,000 physicians, dentists, and allied healthcare providers, as well as more than 500 hospitals, health centers and clinics from coast to coast. Coverys has consistently been included in the Ward’s 50 for the past six years. In addition to its insurance products and service delivery to the healthcare industry, it also has established the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation to support endeavors that focus on the improvement of patient safety as well as healthcare programs to reduce childhood obesity. For more information, visit Coverys at http://www.coverys.com.

ABOUT VisualDx
Headquartered in Rochester, New York, VisualDx’s team of physicians, educators, artists, and computer scientists have developed a web-based clinical decision support system to enhance diagnostic accuracy, aid therapeutic decisions, and improve patient safety. It has become the tool of choice for front-line health workers who are looking for a curated, hard-wired approach encompassing both knowledge and images to provide accurate diagnosis in a timely manner. For more information, visit http://www.visualdx.com.

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