Harvard Business Review

An Online Medical Database Is Reducing Diagnostic Errors

By Rebecca Weintraub, Yannis Valtis, and Peter Bonis

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ARTICLE SUMMARY

"Promoting access to point-of-care medical content has great potential to reduce errors, thereby reducing costs and improving outcomes."

Diagnostic errors burden providers, payers, and patients around the world. They lead to avoidable illness, suffering, and poor health outcomes and increase costs of care significantly. Access to evidence-based medical content at the point of care that answers clinical questions and ensures accuracy in diagnosis can reduce diagnostic errors and improve outcomes. Our organizations are involved in the efforts to expand global access. We encourage others to join us in this effort and offer three recommendations for accelerating this drive.