EM1901C "Diagnostic Errors: How to Help Write a New Chapter in Patient Safety Improvement“ (IM GR-011119)

Research suggests that 1 in 20 US adults have a misdiagnosis every year. Presented by an internationally recognized leader in patient safety, this session will discuss foundational concepts to understand diagnostic errors, their contributing factors, and how to measure and address diagnostic missed opportunities in current electronic health record (EHR)-enabled healthcare settings. It will also discuss potential solutions, including closing the loop on follow up of abnormal diagnostic test results, and provide action-oriented recommendations to support improvements to reduce patient harm.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Create a shared mental model of what is diagnostic error and how it can be addressed
  • Identify opportunities for improvement in current practice that address high-risk areas
  • Apply knowledge and best practices to reduce harm from diagnostic errors
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Hardeep Singh, M.D., MPH
Chief, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program,
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt)
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine
Visiting Professor hosted by the Division of General Internal Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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