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

Medical diagnostic errors burden providers, payers, and patients. In America alone, 44,000 die each year from preventable medical errors, and $17 billion is spent on that erroneous care. The problem in the United States is dwarfed by the prevalence of medical errors in resource-constrained areas. Learn three ways access to evidence-based medical content at the point of care can change this.

As Internet connectivity improves around the world, barriers to online medical content decrease and widespread integration into practice becomes more feasible. Understand how providers can fully exploit the value of continuously updated, evidence-based resources.