Thursday, September 24, 2015

IOM Report: Diagnosis & Misdiagnosis are the Blind Spot in Medicine

Those of us who work intensely in diagnostics will not be surprised by a new September 22, 2015 Institute of Medicine report  on Errors in Diagnosis.  We might be surprised by some of the media response and the degree to which the pivotal role of diagnosis could be considered a "blind spot" in healthcare.

The report, called "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care," is online at the Institute of Medicine, here.  The 450-page PDF is authored by the "Committee on Diagnostic Error in Health Care" - Erin Balogh, Bryan Miller, and John R. Ball.  A four page executive summarize is available, here.

Coverage in US News here - "Countless patients harmed by wrong or delayed diagnosis."
Coverage at Advisory Board here - "IOM says patients are dying because of this 'blind spot' - and providers must fix it."
Coverage at California Healthline here - "IOM report calls for collaborative effort to reduce diagnostic errors."

According to the website on 9/24, 48 hours after release, 1,749 copies of the free PDF had been downloaded.

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