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MedSolutions: Accurate Diagnosis Is Critical to Reducing Healthcare Costs
Date:6/2/2009

r detection rates were more than 75 percent higher among breast imaging subspecialists versus general radiologists. In addition, the subspecialists had over 75 percent greater accuracy in detecting lower stage, less advanced breast cancers. Early stage breast cancer diagnosis has been associated with higher survival rates and much lower treatment costs.

A recent study by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute also found that while some physicians failed to identify breast cancer 71 percent of the time, those who specialized in reading only mammograms had an error rate of just 3 percent. In March 2009, a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlighted the need for greater focus on the issue, reporting that unrecognized or unreported diagnostic errors cause up to 80,000 hospital deaths a year.

"To date, little attention has been given to the issue of misdiagnosis in the U.S.," said Gregg Allen, M.D., chief medical officer for MedSolutions. "This is despite the fact that diagnostic error results in $17-29 billion annually and causes untold preventable patient harm. As an industry, we need to make increased diagnostic accuracy a priority. We can't simply stand by and continue to overlook an issue that can be solved and, furthermore, could cure many of the woes the healthcare system is currently suffering."

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