ImproveDx Newsletter

January 2020
Volume 7 | Issue 1

Reexamining the Physical Exam

By Susan Carr

The physical examination, once the cornerstone of diagnosis, has fallen on hard times. The prevalence of advanced testing and imaging exams, the use of EHR and other technological advances in medicine, and lack of time for physicians to do a thorough exam have devalued the physical exam in practice and medical education. As these changes occur, health professionals reflect on the exam’s value as a diagnostic tool.

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Coalition to Improve Diagnosis Welcomes Three New Organizations

Three leading healthcare organizations—two health systems and one laboratory accreditation agency—have recently committed to take action to improve diagnostic quality and safety by joining the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis. Advocate Aurora Health, COLA Inc, and University Hospitals are now part of the nearly 60 organizations taking action.

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Dozens of DEM2019 Attendees Visit Capitol Hill

This past November, more than 70 attendees at the Diagnostic Error in Medicine 12th Annual International Conference (DEM2019) met with Capitol Hill representatives from their home states to educate them about the harm caused by diagnostic error and the need to support research in the area of diagnostic quality and safety.

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From the Field: Applications Open for 2020 Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine has opened the application period for the 2020-2021 Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence. The fellowship is designed to enhance the learners’ knowledge and skills in diagnostic quality and safety, match them with experienced mentors and recognized leaders in the field of diagnostic error, connect them with the diagnostic error community, and help them develop and implement their own project. Applications close March 2, 2020.

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Thanks to Our Sponsors

Abbott • AcademyHealth • Advocate Aurora Health • American Association of Nurse Practitioners • American Board of Medical Specialties® • American College of Radiology • Association of American Medical Colleges • Augusta University Medical Center • BETA Healthcare Group • Celgene Corporation • COLA, Inc. • Constellation • Covera Health •  CRICO • Digital Reasoning • eHealth Africa • Intermountain Healthcare • Isabel • Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence • MCIC Vermont • Med-IQ • MedStar Health • MPL Association • National Kidney Foundation • NBME • Physicians' Reciprocal Insurers • Press Ganey • Teladoc • The Permanente Federation, Kaiser Permanente

Did You Know?

Every nine minutes, someone in a U.S. hospital dies due to a medical diagnosis that was wrong or delayed. Your donation today will help us improve the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis and continue our vision in creating a world where no patients are harmed by diagnostic error.