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Improving Patient Safety through Diagnostic Accuracy

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Published on Aug 9, 2012

This sixty-minute session features a global panel of physicians who identify the many reasons why diagnostic error occurs and discuss methods to improve diagnostic accuracy and patient outcomes.

The objectives of the webinar are to:
- Explain where diagnostic accuracy begins
- Identify ways to prevent misdiagnosis and mistreatment
- Define the consequences of diagnostic error
- Provide examples of how diagnostic accuracy had improved through online collaboration
- Discuss resources and methods to reduce the error rate and improve diagnostic accuracy
- Allow physicians to ask our panel questions regarding diagnostic accuracy

Panelists
Matthew Fink, MD
Neurology
Prof. of Clinical Neurology in Dept. of Neurology & Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical Center
Chief of Stroke and Critical Care Neurology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Mimi Kokoska, MD, MHCM
Otolaryngology
Prof. and Chief of Oto-Head & Neck Surgery at Richard Roudebush VAMC
and IU School of Medicine

David E. Newman-Toker, MD, PhD
Neurology
Associate Prof. in Dept. of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Martin Tattersall, AO, MA, MD, MSc, FRCP, FRACP
Oncology
Prof. of Cancer Medicine at University of Sydney
Oncologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney


Moderators
Eric Glazer
VP, Physician Engagement & Social Media
Best Doctors, Inc.

Mark Graber, MD, FACP
Chairman of Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
Prof. and Associate Chair in Dept. of Medicine at State University of New York at Stony Brook

The following questions are answered during the session:
- Do you think diagnostic accuracy has improved in your field over the past decade or two?
- How does one become an excellent diagnostician? Is this something you're born with? - Is it the result of specialty training or experience?
- One of the proposed approaches to improving diagnostic accuracy is to make the patient your partner in diagnosis. Do you think is a helpful approach, and if so how do you do that? What do you tell your patients?
- What other tactics can you recommend to reduce diagnostic errors?
- Did you have any training in medical school on diagnostic errors? Do you think we need something like that in the curriculum?
- Do you recall making a diagnostic error this past year? Can you tell us about it?
- Do you think using an electronic medical record will help improve the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis ?
- What other resources do you think are most helpful in promoting accurate and timely diagnosis?
- The primary care provider decides if the patient needs to see a specialist. How do you think this practice affects the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis?
- The American Board of Internal Medicine just launched a "Choosing Wisely" campaign to cut down on the use of test and treatments that have little value. Has this changed your own practice yet? Are there any tests or treatments in YOUR specialty that you think are wasteful?

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