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Clinicians' Library User Guide: VisualDX: Diagnostic Clinical Decision Support Tool

Guides Loma Linda University affiliated Clinicians through the optimal use of Library resources.

What is VisualDX?

VisualDx is a diagnostic clinical decision support system that leverages the innate human ability to recognize visual patterns to assist healthcare providers in making faster, more accurate diagnoses. VisualDx combines high-quality, peer-reviewed medical images and concise, actionable information to support today’s busy physicians in the accurate recognition and management of disease. Health care professionals can input visual clues, symptoms, and patient history to help make the correct diagnosis and avoid costly and dangerous errors at the point of care.

VisualDX "Quick Stats"

·        31 Clinical Scenarios

·        1,281 unique diagnoses

·        26,633 unique, medical images

·        2,633 unique findings

·        39,356 finding-diagnosis relationships

·        5,277 medication-diagnosis relationships

·        200+ common diseases with Patient Handouts

VisualDx content is reviewed on an ongoing, continuous basis by physician experts and updated quarterly.

VisualDX: Designed for the Point of Care


VisualDx is problem oriented for problem solving: search by symptoms, visual clues and other patient factors, by diagnosis, or by medication. VisualDx clinical decision support provides instant access to concise disease information and high-quality medical images to assist in diagnosis, to direct testing, and to guide management and therapy decisions.

Differential builder

Select a clinical scenario and enter patient symptoms to quickly build a contextualized, patient-relevant differential diagnosis. The Quick Start function guides the user to enter the patient factors relevant to the problem at hand, or alternatively, one can simply type in the patient symptoms or other relevant findings.
See how the VisualDx Differential Builder works.

Diagnosis search

Search a diagnosis to access disease images and pithy clinical information. Each diagnosis topic contains a clickable differential list allowing the user to go back and forth between diagnostic summaries and images. Search functionality includes type-ahead-find, diagnosis synonymy, key words, and text search. In addition, the synopses provide ICD codes, references, and a list of associated findings such as signs, medications, exposures, medical history, and more. 
See how VisualDx Diagnosis Search works.

Medication adverse events

Search by medication to view adverse conditions that may be caused by a specific drug. Results provide images of medication-induced eruptions and include literature evidence documenting each association, as well as management and therapy guidelines.
See how VisualDx Medication Adverse Events works.

Accessing VisualDX

Access VisualDX through the University Library or through One Portal


1.  Go the the library's home page, and put VisualDx in the Search Box, or go to the Databases link and choose it from the alphabetical list.

2.  On the VIP intranet page (on site only), find it on the Clinical Desktop under "Point of Care" or on the Reference desktop.

3.  Mobile Access:  see the Mobile Library Guide.




Using VisualDX

Diagnostic Decision Support:

VisualDx assists diagnostic decision-making areas where physicians and other providers have expressed a consistent need – those areas requiring pattern recognition expertise. We help physicians recognize and diagnose by leveraging the innate human ability to pattern match. Simply search by patient factors to see a visual differential diagnosis.

 Current Therapy & Management:

If you are ever asking the questions, "what should I do next?" or "how should I treat this disease?" turn to VisualDx for quick answers.

 Engage & Educate Patients:

The images in VisualDx are designed to help aid in the diagnostic process. Images are also an incredibly powerful tool for communicating complex concepts to patients who may be unfamiliar with clinical terms.  Use the images to connect with and calm a worried patient or parent, and offer the Patient Handout to provide patient empowerment.

 In the Workflow:

VisualDx is available where and when you need it – on the desktop, smartphones and tablets. VisualDx is also engineered to the HL7 Infobutton standard, making it interoperable with the e-record. Because it is web based, VisualDx requires no installation.

 Recognize Drug Reactions:

VisualDx speeds up recognition and diagnosis of medication-induced conditions and provides adverse events decision support for hospitals and medical centers. Our proprietary knowledge database covers over 100 medication reactions, all linked to PubMed (MEDLINE) evidence. Users can search by medication and see images of drug reactions, along with literature evidence documenting each association, and access management and therapy guidelines.