Ordering, Interpreting Lab Tests Correctly Still a Big Challenge

Robert Bell rmsbell200 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Nov 23 20:22:15 UTC 2018

I could be wrong but it seems that the problems relating to errors in diagnosis are so massive that any health organization that tries to do something gets mired in the weeds with little eventually happening.
The piece by Mike Posata is a good example of the influence of money on errors.
I have "pleaded" in the past that it would be good to tackle one thing at time in a big way and succeed at something.
My top three areas would be:
Supporting a single payer system - like most of the developed world. That would remove so many hurdles we do not need. A big challenge but collaboratively could be done.Identifying the commonest errors in each specialty and working hard on those to prevent them - pulmonary medicine would be my first.Clarifying all the issues regarding laboratory tests, including, ordering, reporting, interpretation, and subsequent action. 
My message is tackle something that can be completed in a defined time with the available resources.
Rob Bell, M.D.  
    On Friday, November 23, 2018, 9:29:54 AM MST, Mark Graber <Mark.Graber at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG> wrote:  
Nice posting featuring Dr Mike Laposata’s work to improve pre- and post-analytic lab errors: Ordering, Interpreting Lab Tests Correctly Still a Big Challenge
Click https://www.medpagetoday.com/hospitalbasedmedicine/generalhospitalpractice/76466 for the full story:
Mark L Graber, MD FACP
Chief Medical Officer; Founder and President Emeritus, SIDM
Senior Fellow, RTI International
Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University, NY


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