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VisualDX

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A Rochester startup is looking to solve a medical problem with a global scope. VisualDx is building a database of what diseases look like on all skin colors, in an effort to correct persistent racial inequalities in diagnosis.

Scientists have known for decades about racial inequalities in access to medical care. A landmark 1985 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for example, found that minority Americans lived further from doctors and had less ability to pay for medical care compared to white people.

Should Software be Patented? One Local Company Says Yes

Sep 25, 2013
Logical Images

It’s taken 13 years, but Rochester company Logical Images has finally received a patent for the software that runs their visual diagnostic system, VisualDX. The tool’s used by physicians to lower the rate of diagnostic errors.

The company says the patent was vital to their commercial viability and the protection of their product, but not everyone thinks software should be patentable.