Reducing the Risk of Diagnostic Error During COVID-19

May 29, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 1, 2020

The Journal of Hospital Medicine published this article describing different types of diagnostic error anticipated in the COVID-19 pandemic. The piece also highlights mitigation strategies to reduce potentially preventable harm caused by these errors. As the death toll from the pandemic rapidly increases, the need to make a timely and accurate diagnosis has never been greater. Dr. Hardeep Singh and Dr. Mark L. Graber acknowledge, “Even before the pandemic, diagnostic errors (ie, missed, delayed, and incorrect diagnoses) had been one of the leading contributors to harm in health care.”

Some of the specific mitigation strategies include technology for cognitive support, optimized workflow and communication, people-focused interventions, organizational strategies, and state/federal policies and regulations.

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