ImproveDx Newsletter

May 2019
Volume 6 | Issue 3

Asking Patients to Close the Loop on Diagnostic Imaging Test Results

By Susan Carr

Patient notification is one way to keep diagnostic test results from falling between the cracks, especially when unexpected findings indicate a new health problem, but it is arguably a workaround for a persistent patient safety problem. Pennsylvania’s Patient Test Result Information Act, or Act 112, which went into effect in December 2018, is arguably just such a workaround.

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Diagnostic Quality Heads ECRI's Patient Safety List

Rather than identifying the broad topic of diagnostic error, ECRI’s 2019 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations includes specific aspects of diagnostic quality that lead to patient harm and diagnostic errors.

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Patient Stories Make a Difference

Stories elevate the work that we do; they are an essential tool in any social movement. Patients should not only be storytellers, but also active participants in the diagnostic process and partners in research, policymaking, education and quality improvement.

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From the Field: Call for Abstracts

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is seeking submissions for high-quality posters and oral abstracts that contribute to and advance the field of diagnostic quality for DEM2019.

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