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COVID-19-related Diagnostic Errors

Tejal Gandhi, MD, Chief Safety and Transformation Officer at Press Ganey, and Hardeep Singh, MD, Chief of Health Policy, Quality and Informatics at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.  The COVID-19 pandemic increases the risk of diagnostic error because the disease itself is new and knowledge of its clinical manifestations is still evolving.  In addition, both physical and psychological safety...

Diagnostic Errors and Health Informatics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Paul Epner, CEO and Co-Founder, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.  Diagnostic Errors, i.e., failures to provide an accurate and timely explanation for a patient’s problem, are the most significant patient safety issue today, causing more morbidity and mortality than all other patient safety problems combined.  Informatics will certainly have a significant role in improving the situation, but today...

Nnaemeka Okafor MD, MS

Nnaemeka Okafor MD, MS
Dr. Nnaemeka 'Emeka' Okafor serves as the Vice President and Chief Health Informatics Officer for Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) in Houston. He has been an informatics Physician executive with MHHS since 2014. Current duties include serving as a trusted problem-solving liaison for clinicians, health system executives, Information Technology (IT) staff, and IT vendors. He provides leadership for enterprise-wide Health Information Technology...

How IT can Support Improved Diagnosis for Improved Safety and Quality

Michael Cohen, MD, University of Utah Health Care. This teleconference highlights findings from the recent IOM report on diagnostic errors.  The report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, introduced a new definition of diagnostic error and outlined eight goals (recommendations) that are discussed.