Diagnostic errors—the result of physician biases and heuristic (mental shortcuts) and system issues—can lead to gaps in care that threaten patient safety and health. A 2016 British Medical Journal study calls diagnostic errors the third-leading cause of death in the United States.
Providers can now use electronic health records (EHR) technology, including safety alerts, to provide better care and prevent diagnostic mishaps. The following demonstrates how Permanente Medical Group (PMG), the largest consortium of private medical groups in the United States, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston-based teaching hospital for the Harvard Medical School, deploy EHRs to improve diagnostic care.
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