We welcome Professor Springer in Diagnose.me team!

Alexander Springer, MD, Prof., is a Pediatric Urologist and Surgeon, Associate professor of Pediatric Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna, Fellow of the European Association of Paediatric Urology (FEAPU) and the Director of its European Certified Training Program. He is also the editor of the journal Frontiers of Pediatric Urology and a reviewer for a number of other medical journals. He has given many lectures as the invited speaker and have published numerous articles. His medical experience spans Austria, Egypt, Germany, Ireland, Spain, UK, and USA.

Professor Martin Schuhmann, distinguished neurosurgeon, joins Diagnose.me

Martin U. Schuhmann, MD, Prof., PhD has over 15 years experience in neurosurgery. He studied medicine at the Universities of Göttingen (Germany) and Vienna (Austria) following which he gained training in neurosurgery at Nordstadt Hospital, Hannover Medical School.

Martin U. Schuhmann, MD, Prof., PhD
Martin U. Schuhmann, MD, Prof., PhD

After a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Children‘s Hospital of Michigan, he worked as a consultant neurosurgeon in Leipzig. In 2007 he took up a position at the University Hospital of Tübingen, where he is currently Head of Pediatric Neurosurgery Section, Head of Peripheral Nerve Surgery and Head of Adult Hydrocephalus Program. He also acts as Speaker of the Center of Neurofibromatosis within the Centre of Rare Diseases – University Hospital of Tübingen, one of the few large NF centers in Germany.

He has issued 146 publications and has research interests in spanning hydrocephalus pathophysiology, endoscopy, shunt technology, pediatric neuro-oncology, traumatic brain injury and ICP and autoregulation monitoring. He is internationally active in the European and International Societies of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He was Secretary of 14th International Conference on Intracranial Pressure and Brain Monitoring, Tübingen, 2010 (ICP2010) and has served as Speaker for the Section of ICP, CBF and Hydrocephalus of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie (DGNC) from 2011-2014.

Get a medical advice here: https://www.diagnose.me/en/specialists/martin-schuhmann

Patient’s story: Dr. Bartsch from Diagnose.me helped me understand my mom’s diagnosis

“I am very satisfied with the Diagnose.me service and would certainly recommend it. I am happy that there is a reliable service that a patient can turn to in hard times.”

Ivana Tedlova, Slovakia
Ivana Tedlova, Slovakia

My mom fell sick and was diagnosed with a stage IV lung cancer. My world collapsed. Immediately, I started looking on the internet about her illness so that I could somehow help her. Unfortunately, my medicine knowledge is poor and the local doctor seemed professional. Moreover, the doctor was talking mostly only to my mom, who can no longer interpret the information very well and we remained in the dark. After the last time the local doctor was unwilling to meet with me, I started looking for an explanation from another oncologist. He recommended further examinations and re-diagnosis. However, I was unable to make a decision and was afraid if I understood him properly.

This is when I contacted Diagnose.me.
The Diagnose.me oncologist explained the diagnosis and treatment in detail and confirmed that further examination is necessary as well. Professor Bartsch’ report helped me to better understand the diagnosis and prepare for further discussion with my mom’s oncologist. I also had some follow up question for the professor and he answered very promptly.

Prominent Cardiologist Professor David E. Newby, joins Diagnose.me

Professor David Newby graduated from the University of Southampton with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine degree in 1991. He has worked in Edinburgh for over 20 years and obtained Doctorates in Medicine, Philosophy and Science. Professor Newby is British Heart Foundation John Wheatley Chair of Cardiology at the University of Edinburgh, Director of Research and Development for NHS Lothian, Director of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Director of the Clinical Research Imaging Centre, and a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He is the recipient of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award.

Professor Newby has major interests in experimental medicine and the advanced imaging of cardiovascular disease including coronary heart disease, aortic stenosis and heart failure. He has held two British Heart Foundation Programme Grants exploring the atherothrombotic effects of air pollution, and has interests in the interaction between cardiac and respiratory diseases. He has been involved in several multicentre trials and has played a major role in the conduct of the SALTIRE (Scottish Aortic stenosis Lipid lowering Trial, Impact on REgression) and 3CPO (Health Technology Assessment trial of non-invasive ventilation for acute cardiogenic pulmonary oedema) trials. He is Chief Investigator for the SCOT-HEART trial funded by the Chief Scientist Office; a national multicentre randomised controlled trial of computed tomography coronary angiography in patients attending the Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic. He is also Chief Investigator of the National Institute for Health Research Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation-funded MA3RS study: a multicentre trial of magnetic resonance imaging in abdominal aortic aneurysms.

For his research, Professor Newby was awarded the British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians’ Prize, the Croom Lectureship (Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh), the BUPA research award for the best emerging clinical researcher in the UK, the John French Award (British Atherosclerosis Society), the Goodall-Strickland Medal (British Cardiovascular Society), the Parmley Prize (American College of Cardiology) and BMJ Research Awards 2014. He has written several successful educational books that have received major national awards (British Medical Association Book Awards, Highly Commended: Coronary Heart Disease: Your Questions Answered; Society of Authors, First Prize (Richard Asher Prize): Cardiology: An Illustrated Coloured Text). For his research, he and the British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2014-2016.

Professor Newby is Associate Editor of Heart and Chair for the development of the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) guidelines for the management of acute coronary syndromes.

Diagnose.me gives Opportunity for Second Medical Opinion from Leading Hospital Specialising in Musculoskeletal Diseases

Through Diagnose.me, patients from around the world can get medical advice from the leading world specialists. And from now on, you can also choose experts from the Musculoskeletal section of the University Hospital Leiden (LUMC) in the Netherlands. Their expert medical advice will be received in only 4 days.

The musculoskeletal section of the University Hospital Leiden has a long tradition in diagnosing musculoskeletal disease, especially tumors and conditions that mimic the presence of a tumor. Their expertise is based on decades of work in this field in both the tertiary musculoskeletal unit as well as within the Netherlands Committee on Bone Tumors. This committee is a national and international consultation group on tumors and disorders simulating tumors, consisting of radiologists, pathologists and clinicians. Through Diagnose.me patients can now consult this institution which is represented by two experts:

Hans Bloem MD, PhD., Prof. – Professor of Radiology and past chair of the department of Radiology Leiden University Medical center. Doctor Bloem has published more than 180 papers, more than 50 book chapters and 13 books. He is an active member of professional Societies such as International Skeletal Society, European Society of Skeletal Radiology (past president), Radiological Society of North America, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (president of educational committee). He has received numerous honors, including honorary memberships of 3 national radiological societies and awards for scientific work from 5 different professional organizations.

Herman Kroon MD, PhD. – Senior Consultant Radiologist at the Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center. Doctor Kroon has been, as a radiologist, an active member of the Netherlands Committee on Bone Tumors for nearly 30 years. He has published over 125 articles in international medical literature, collaborated on numerous book chapters and international presentations. He is a member of professional societies such as the International Skeletal Society, the European Society of Skeletal Radiology, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the European Society of Radiology, and the Netherlands Society of Radiology.

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Professor Hans Bloem  from LUMC says:

“I’m happy that our department became part of Diagnose.me and that we’ll be able to leverage our specialized experience with patients from around the world. I’m looking forward to provide our expert opinions and help even more patients who need specialist advice.“

You can get a second medical opinion from LUMC hospital here.

European Breast Imaging Expert Professor Katja Pinker-Domenig MD Joins Diagnose.me

Associate Professor of Radiology Katja Pinker-Domenig MD, a radiologist with over 10 years of high level breast imaging experience, has joined the growing team of outstanding specialists at Diagnose.me.

Professor Katja Pinker-Domenig is an expert in breast imaging with both conventional methods such as mammography, ultrasound, contrast-enhanced MRI, and advanced methods which include digital breast tomosynthesis, high-field and ultra-high field MR imaging, multiparametric PET/MRI of the breast, molecular imaging of the breast cancer or PET-MRI in oncologic gender imaging. Currently she’s an Associate Professor of Radiology and Faculty at the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy and staff member of the Division of Molecular and Gender Imaging at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria.

Professor Pinker-Domenig  in her own words:

“I am breast specialist with extensive expertise in all breast imaging modalities. Additionally I have extensive experience in oncologic whole body imaging with a special focus on gender imaging. I will be happy to leverage my skills and help patients from around the world via Diagnose.me.”

Professor Pinker-Domenig has obtained many grants, honours and awards as researcher and investigator in activities related to breast imaging on an international level. She has also acted as chairperson in many international congresses. She has published 74 peer-reviewed papers in her field of expertise. She also serves as executive board member of the European Society of Breast Imaging.

You can get a second medical opinion from Professor Katja Pinker-Domenig MD here.

Diagnose.me will represent its country in two prestigious events

Online platform Diagnose.me, which connects patients with more than one hundred leading medical specialists from around the world, will represent Slovakia in two prestigious events in the following weeks and months.

The first event is TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco which is one of the most anticipated technological conferences of the year. It provides participants with great opportunities to connect with new contacts, get feedback and share their experience. Diagnose.me will represent Slovakia together with five other Slovak start-ups, thanks to the support of Slovak Business Agency and its program Startup Sharks who focus on and support start-ups. TechCrunch Disrupt will take place on September 21st – 23rd 2015.

More information here: http://techcrunch.com/events/disrupt-sf-2015/event-home/


Another prestigious event where Diagnose.me already succeeded as a National Champion for Slovakia is The European Business Awards sponsored by RSM; a prestigious competition supported by businesses leaders, academics, media and political representatives from across Europe.

The European Business Awards, now in its 9th year, engaged with over 32,000 business from 33 European countries this year and 678 companies from across Europe have been named as National Champions; going through to the second phase of the competition. Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, said:

“Congratulations to Diagnose.me and all the companies that have been selected to represent their country as National Champions, they play an important part in creating a stronger business community.”

The next round requires the National Champions to make a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success. The judges will view all of the National Champions’ videos, and award the best of this group the coveted ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status. Ruban d’Honneur recipients will then go on to be part of the grand final in 2016.

More information here www.businessawardseurope.com

Lukáš Alner, cofounder and CEO at Diagnose.me, comments:

“We are very proud to represent Slovakia abroad. We are looking forward to both events and also for the opportunity to present our innovative service to the worldwide public. Both opportunities are proof that the idea behind Diangose.me makes sense to the people and has high potential.“

Diagnose.me named among National champions in the European Business Awards 2015/16

Diagnose.me Wins for Slovakia in Prestigious Awards competition

Diagnose.me has today been named as a National Champion for Slovakia in The European Business Awards sponsored by RSM; a prestigious competition supported by businesses leaders, academics, media and political representatives from across Europe.

The European Business Awards, now in its 9th year, engaged with over 32,000 business from 33 European countries this year and 678 companies from across Europe have been today named as National Champions; going through to the second phase of the competition.

Diagnose.me is an online platform that connects patients with hundreds of carefully selected medical specialists from prestigious clinics across the world. With Diagnose.me patients get their medical advice at affordable rates, in a reasonable time regardless of their location.

„We are proud that we managed to succeed in such a short time of being present on the market. The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and we are looking forward to the next round of the judging process where we can explain in more depth how we are achieving business success,” said Lukas Alner, cofounder and CEO of Diagnose.me.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “Congratulations to Diagnose.me and all the companies that have been selected to represent their country as National Champions, they play an important part in creating a stronger business community.”

The next round requires the National Champions to make a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success. The judges will view all of the National Champions’ videos, and award the best of this group the coveted ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status. Ruban d’Honneur recipients will then go on to be part of the grand final in 2016.

Separately, the National Champion videos will be made public on the European Business Awards website www.businessawardseurope.com as part of a two stage public vote, which will decide the ‘National Public Champions’ for each country. Last year over 170,000 votes were cast as companies from across Europe were publicly supported by their clients, staff and peers, as well as the general public.

Supported since their inception by lead sponsor and promoter RSM, the seventh largest audit, tax and advisory network worldwide with a major presence across Europe, the European Business Awards was up to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe.

In the 2014/15 competition, all EU member markets were represented plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Their combined revenue exceeded €1.5 trillion, and together they generated profits of over 60 billion Euros and employ over 2.5 million people.

For further information about the winners, the European Business Awards and RSM please go to www.businessawardseurope.com or www.rsmi.com


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Diagnose.me was founded by entrepreneur Ivan Stefanko and Lukas Alner following personal experiences of traumatic health diagnoses and the difficulty in accessing expert second opinion.

For more information visit www.diagnose.me, follow on Twitter @DiagnoseDotMe or join facebook.com/diagnose.me.

EBA: The Newsroom at the European Business Awards on +44 (0) 796 6666 657 or email vanessa.wood@businessawardseurope.com

Why it’s important to break the British reserve and ask for a Second Medical Opinion

Britons are more likely to seek a second opinion on financial advice (36%) than on their own health, with only 30% of people questioned in a new nationwide survey1 saying they would seek a second medical opinion about their diagnosis or treatment.  A fifth of those asked (21%) said that concern about offending or angering their doctor would stop them from asking for a second medical opinion. 

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The results of the poll have been released to coincide with the UK launch of an online patient health platform – Diagnose.me which connects patients with some of the world’s leading imaging specialists in a range of conditions in the fields of oncology, neurology, cardiology, musculoskeletal, abdominal and paediatric health. Patients can choose from 150 highly specialised experts (radiologists) who provide an expert second opinion on their diagnosis or medical condition on the basis of their X-ray, CT-scan, MRI-scan, PET-CT scan or other imaging results.  Diagnose.me specialists provide an online consultation, a detailed report and follow-up communication within 1-4 days.

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Since its global launch Diagnose.me specialists have corrected the original diagnosis in 26%2 of patients and second opinion from the service has helped 15%2 of patients to avoid unnecessary treatment. A separate recent study revealed that second medical opinion can reduce the risk of misdiagnosis by up to 90%.3

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Traditionally, the British have a reputation for being reticent when it comes to questioning their doctor’s opinion. However there have been a number of high profile cases of medical misdiagnosis including Kylie Minogue who publicly acknowledged that her initial diagnosis was wrong, and more recently Tom Hank’s wife Rita Wilson who had a double mastectomy only after seeking a second opinion.  Rita announced last month, “I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health. You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good.”4 In fact, 15% of breast cancer cases are only diagnosed following a second opinion.5

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Previously, Kylie Minogue publicly declared, “I have a great respect for the medical profession and the numerous, in fact, countless, people who helped me on my road back to health. I am in the very best of hands now, but it is a fact that my initial diagnosis was that I was, ‘Alright, and had nothing to worry about’.” A few weeks later this was clearly not the case. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment is the key for any woman diagnosed with breast cancer.”6

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However the survey suggested that a little over half (52%) of Britons are aware that they are entitled to ask a GP or health professional (such as a consultant) for a second opinion about their diagnosis or treatment. The reality is that NHS and private patients can ask for a second opinion on a recent examination, blood test or scan and get access to their medical records. Unfortunately, negotiating the health care system in the UK can often be a difficult, confusing and time-consuming process.

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No wonder then, that three quarters (74%) of British adults say that having access to an online portal where they could seek a second medical opinion would be useful to them personally. With the launch of Diagnose.me, people now have the option to select their own specialist, who in many cases will have more specific expertise than their first doctor and will answer in a timely manner.

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The survey also highlighted the type of medical conditions that people in the UK would seek a second medical opinion on and explored the reasons for doing so.  British adults are most likely to get a second opinion about a medical diagnosis on oncological issues such as tumours, as well as neurological conditions such as damage to the brain, spinal column or nerves (both 65%).  Over a third (39%) of those questioned would be likely to get a second opinion on musculoskeletal issues, such as muscle, bone or joint pain. For patients with musculoskeletal problems and injuries, choosing the wrong treatment pathway can significantly set back health, fitness and even sports career plans. For example, several studies have shown that 45% of spine surgeries are found to be unnecessary when reviewed by a second medical expert.7

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When asked to give reasons for seeking a second medical opinion, a third of people surveyed (33%) cited “concern that something has been missed on a scan” and one in five (20%) referred to concern that they are on the wrong medication for their condition. Being uncertain of the original diagnosis and seeking peace of mind (both 46%) are the most important reasons to seek a second medical opinion for the British public, closely followed by seeking additional advice on treatment options (43%).

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The survey did highlight that Britons actively seek medical information online with two in five (41%) people saying they go online before visiting the GP to research their symptoms, and 40% saying they would do so after a visit to the doctor to look up a diagnosis, treatment or condition.

However, medical commentators stress that even though it can be helpful to go online for research, the trend of “googling” medical information could actually be putting our health at risk, with unreliable sources and conflicting advice.8  Instead people should make sure they use credible and reputable website such as NHS Choices, charities and associations for specific conditions, as well as online services such as Diagnose.me which offer direct online consultations with qualified medical professionals verified and appointed by a Medical Advisory Board.

Erik Ranschaert, Chief Medical Officer and consultant radiologist at Diagnose.me comments, “The survey has flagged up a worrying situation with only a little over half of the British public saying that they are aware that they are entitled to ask a GP or health professional for a second opinion. In fact, two in five Britons do not even know where to go to get a second opinion – and this prevents them from seeking further advice.”

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 “Added to this, there is a growing trend for patients wanting to take greater control of their health and have a better understanding of the treatment options available. This is very much about working in partnership with health care professionals and making informed choices together.”

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“The crucial role that specialist radiologists play in diagnosing and identifying medical problems also often goes unrecognised. We feel strongly that these specialists can offer patients a more detailed understanding of their condition and provide them with the confidence and clarity to make health decisions that can have a huge impact on their life, such as surgery.”  

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How does it work?
At www.diagnose.me patients can find the right expert for their needs, choosing from the service’s extensive network of specialist radiologists by sub speciality, professional experience, report delivery time, price and other patients’ feedback.

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With an average consultation in the form of a written report costing only £100 and delivered within 1-4 days, the service offers UK patients high-quality medical advice and affordable second opinion. This includes a detailed electronic report in easy to understand language, with an analysis of a patient’s scan including annotated images, an overview of the medical situation and recommendations for further examinations or treatment. The service will find, confirm or correct a patient’s diagnosis as well as advising patients on possible treatment options. Afterwards, patients can discuss the results from the report via email with their chosen specialist and are then encouraged to consult their local physician to discuss their second opinion and determine the most suitable treatment plan.

Diagnose.me was founded by entrepreneur Ivan Stefanko and Lukas Alner following personal experiences of traumatic health diagnoses and the difficulty in accessing expert second opinion.


Contact information:
For more information visit www.diagnose.me, follow on Twitter @DiagnoseDotMe or join facebook.com/diagnose.me


For further information, to interview Erik Ranschaert or to talk to a patient case study,  please contact Lois Spall or Caroline Beswick at Trinity PR on 020 8112 4905 / 0770 948 7960.


Notes to Editors:
• Diagnose.me has doctors from 30 countries and provides it services to patients from around the world.
• Diagnose.me treats all information as confidential and all scans are anonymised before they are reviewed by a specialist.  All communication between patients and doctors are conducted via a secure online account.
• Radiologists specialise in the detection of disease through the use of a variety of investigative techniques. Their work can be vital in finding an accurate and early diagnosis – improving the prospects for treatment – and is fundamental to the management of cancer care and many other serious diseases. They also play an important role in identifying sources of disease and reducing the possible risks of further spread.


References:
1. ComRes interviewed 2,010 GB adults online between 3rd and 4th June 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables can be found at www.comres.co.uk.
2. Diagnose.me statistics, January 2014 – May 2015
3. American Journal of Roentgenology (October 2012); “subspecialty secondary analysis improves patient care, and accuracy increases by 90% when secondary analysis is compared to the original findings.”
4. http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/570429/Tom-Hanks-wife-Rita-Wilson-breast-cancer-double-mastectomy
5. Breast cancer fact: British Journal of Cancer, Inter-observer variability in mammography screening and effect of type and number of readers on screening outcome
6. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1584324/Kylie-Minogues-cancer-was-misdiagnosed.html
7. Spine surgery fact – several studies state the range of unnecessary surgery between 45 – 60%:
• Epstein NE, Hood DC. “Unnecessary” spinal surgery: A prospective 1-year study of one surgeon’s experience. Surgical Neurology International 2011;2:83. doi:10.4103/2152-7806.82249.
• Gamache FW. The value of “another” opinion for spinal surgery: A prospective 14-month study of one surgeon’s experience. Surgical Neurology International 2012;3(Suppl 5):S350-S354. doi:10.4103/2152-7806.103867.
• Epstein NE. Are recommended spine operations either unnecessary or too complex? Evidence from second opinions. Surgical Neurology International 2013;4(Suppl 5):S353-S358. doi:10.4103/2152-7806.120774.
• Röder C, Müller U, Aebi M. The rationale for a spine registry. European Spine Journal 2006;15(Suppl 1):S52-S56. doi:10.1007/s00586-005-1050-z.
8. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2015/jun/21/google-symptoms-without-fearing-for-your-life