Thursday, July 11, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Cannon House Office Building Room 122
(Lunch Will Be Served Consistent with Congressional Ethics Rules)
I encourage you to attend an important Congressional briefing on new research on the serious impact of diagnostic error in medicine, as well as a discussion on how to target and eliminate these harms.
Every nine minutes, someone dies due to an incorrect or delayed diagnosis. In its 2015 report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, the National Academy of Medicine estimated that missed, delayed or incorrect diagnoses impact more than 12 million Americans each year, with perhaps one-third of those suffering serious harms. Diagnostic errors are the largest source of malpractice pay-outs and cost the health care system an estimated $50–$100 billion per year. This year, the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recognized improving diagnosis as one of three strategic priorities for the agency.
Dr. David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD will present on the first of three studies on diagnostic errors, which will be published in Diagnosis this July. His work will reveal the percentage of malpractice cases that result in death or disability are a result of diagnostic error. The results will surprise you. Dr. Newman-Toker will also detail what diseases are most likely to have a medical error due to missed, delayed or incorrect diagnoses and where they’re most likely to occur in health systems. He will be joined by clinicians and by patients who have experienced these harms firsthand.
Federal investment in research to understand common causes of diagnostic error and solutions to improve the diagnostic process has long been limited.
Accurate, timely, fully communicated diagnoses save money by avoiding unnecessary tests and ineffective treatments, save lives by catching problems early, and reduce malpractice lawsuits. We hope you can join us for this widely attended discussion on what the National Academy of Medicine deemed a “moral, professional, and public health imperative.”