The frequency of misdiagnosis in healthcare is surprisingly high, particularly when complex conditions are involved. Studies have shown that among patients with significant illness, 21% of diagnoses were incorrect and 66% required modification.
While second opinions are an effective means of combatting misdiagnosis, incorporating them into the care path — including securing timely access to the best specialists for specific conditions, orchestrating medical record collection, and reinterpreting radiology and pathology — is a logistical challenge.
- How and why misdiagnosis really happens
- The clinical processes where diagnostic errors tend to occur
- The cost impact of misdiagnoses in overall episodes of care
- The four essential elements for successful incorporation of second opinions in complex care management
Dr. Peter Rasmussen
Chief Clinical Officer, The Clinic by Cleveland Clinic
Executive Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Innovations
CEO, The Clinic by Cleveland Clinic