Webinar on Demand - Diagnostic Error Update

Webinar on Demand - Diagnostic Error Update

Webinar On Demand
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Online Course | Specialties: Family Medicine, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine
Released: 5/12/2021
Expires: 5/11/2023
Max Credits: 1.0

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Gordon Schiff, MD
Associate Director, Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Quality and Safety Director
Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care
Boston, MA
Presenter Bio
Dr. Gordon (Gordy) Schiff is a practicing general internist and Associate Director of Brigham and Women’s Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, Quality and Safety Director for the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Center for Primary Care, and Associate Professor of Medicine at HMS. He has published widely in the areas of medication and diagnosis safety and was a reviewer and contributor to the 2015 National Academy of Medicine (IOM) Report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. He is principal investigator of multiple AHRQ, CRICO, NSPF, and Moore Foundation-funded projects related to improving medication safety and application of health IT to safer medication use, including the Massachusetts-based PRIDE (Primary-care Research in Diagnosis Errors) Learning Network, which is a coalition of groups sharing and learning from cases of diagnostic error. He has authored more than 200 papers and chapters, including several recent papers detailing conservative prescribing and diagnosis practices as ways to transform current unsafe and costly use of drugs and diagnostic testing.

Activity Planners
Kathryn Schaefer, MSN, RN, CPHRM, CHCP
Associate Director Quality & Compliance
East Lansing, MI

Mark J. Hakim, BS, MA, MBA, CPHRM
Director, Risk Management & Patient Safety Educational Strategy
East Lansing, MI

Learning Objectives
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Review advances made in the understanding of diagnostic error since the release of the IOM report in 2015
  • Analyze the relationship between diagnostic process errors, misdiagnosis, and adverse events
  • Discuss best practices to mitigate diagnostic errors

Target Audience
This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, risk managers, quality managers, patient safety officers, performance improvement staff members, administrators, pharmacists, legal counsel, front-line staff members, and any other interested parties.
Statement of Need
Diagnostic error and delays in diagnosis continue to result in patient harm and remain a leading cause of lawsuits, as evidenced by malpractice data. Medical providers and caregivers must continually be updated on the threat of diagnostic error and methods to mitigate these risks.

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Instructions to Receive Credit
To receive credit, review the introductory CME/CNE material, watch the webinar, and complete the evaluation.

Initial Release Date: May 12, 2021
Expiration Date: May 11, 2023

Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 60 minutes

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The content of this activity has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation.

Gordon Schiff, MD, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.

The activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
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The landmark publication, Improving Diagnosis in Heath Care1, was released in 2015 by the National Academy of Sciences. We’ve learned a lot over the last 5 years but there is still much to be done as diagnostic error and delays in diagnosis continue to result in patient harm and remains a leading cause of lawsuits as evidenced by malpractice data. Our presenter, Dr. Gordon (Gordy) Schiff, was a reviewer and contributor to the report, will provide an update on how far we’ve come in improving diagnosis and what still needs to be accomplished. We hope you can join us for this interesting discussion.

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