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Diagnosis Error, Part 6: Diagnosis and Health Information Technology (1 credit, Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Physicians of all specialties, residents, and clinicians engaged in diagnosis. Other interested healthcare practitioners are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: April 23, 2015
Review Date:
Expiration Date: April 23, 2018

Description: Advances in electronic medical records and health information technology have the power to profoundly influence medical diagnosis. They can improve access to information, facilitate communication among providers, provide online tools to construct a differential diagnosis, and identify populations at risk for misdiagnosis. But they can also degrade diagnostic reliability by creating a barrier between doctor and patient, making test results hard to find, restricting entry of differential diagnosis, and introducing wrong or misleading data into the record. This is the final module in a 6 part series by Mark Graber, each designed to stand alone, but participants are encouraged to complete the series about what physicians can do to reduce diagnostic error in medicine. 

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to

1)    Describe several ways Health Information Technology can improve or degrade the quality
       of diagnosis. 
2)    Cite several capabilities of diagnostic decision support software and how these could assist
       you in formulating a differential diagnosis for a patient. 
3)    Define trigger tool and explain how you might design a study design using HIT approaches
       to find and prevent diagnostic error in an identified population.
4)    Explain several ways you might influence your institution to make HIT changes that will
       favorably impact the safety and reliability of medical diagnosis

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 5 out of 7 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, Diagnosis Error, Part 6: Diagnosis and Health Information Technology has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Radiology
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Urology



Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. 

CME Information - Read

State Requirements:
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

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About the Author: Mark L. Graber, MD, FACP - Read Bio

Disclosure Statement: The author discloses he is an unpaid officer of the Society to Improve Diagnosis In Medicine, has received research grants from the AHRQ and NPSF, and payment from the Australian Clinical Excellence Commission and Best Doctors for developing education curricula. The editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

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Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education. It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care. Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient. The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2015

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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