As Reported in USA Today, Doctor's Misdiagnose 8% - 24% of the Time
RESTON, Va., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ --
WHAT: Experts featured in the September 6 USA Today article "For Doctors,
Diagnosing Gets a Technological Boost,"
technology_N.htm?csp=34) are available to discuss prevalence of
misdiagnosis and prevention.
Misdiagnosis is a failure or delay in diagnosis that typically
occurs due to cognitive error -- how doctors think. With the
exponential increase in biomedical knowledge, is it humanly
possible for a physician to remember the various symptoms and
signs associated with all diagnoses?
A poll commissioned by the National Patient Safety Foundation found
that one in six people have personally experienced a medical
diagnosis error. Additionally, a 2003 paper published by the
American Medical Association found that at least four percent of all
U.S. patients who die in a hospital might have survived had their
diagnosis been correct. In fact, it is estimated that diagnosis
errors lead to death in as many as one in 20 patient deaths.
A growing number of top-ranked U.S. hospitals are aware of this
issue and are now using Isabel, a validated, web-based decision
support system to reduce diagnosis error and improve patient safety.
In a split second at the point of care, Isabel addresses the
question clinicians frequently ask themselves: What are the
diagnoses I should be considering? Isabel acts as an instant
reminder system and aids the diagnosis process, however, it is up to
the provider's clinical judgment to determine w
|SOURCE Isabel Healthcare|
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