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How Prevalent Are Diagnostic Errors? Check Out This Infographic

(May 31, 2016) By NEIL VERSEL, MedCity News

medical_crisislg.jpgThe Institute of Medicine — now called the National Academy of Medicine — last year put out a report saying that most Americans will fall victim to at least one “meaningful” diagnostic error in their lifetimes.

That report also said that healthcare providers in the U.S. make 18 million diagnostic errors annually. These errors account for 74,000 deaths per year, according to the National Academy of Medicine.

The problem of misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis is so prevalent that clinical decision support technology vendor VisualDx calls surgical and medication errors just the tip of the iceberg in patient safety, as the infographic above illustrates. The numbers are rather staggering.

Rochester, New York-based VisualDx also announced on Tuesday that it has updated its iOS and Android mobile apps. The latest version adds the ability to see variations in about 2,700 diseases with the help of a database of more than 34,000 images, the company said.



About VisualDx

VisualDx is an award-winning diagnostic clinical decision support system that has become the standard electronic resource at more than half of U.S. medical schools and more than 1,500 hospitals and institutions nationwide.  VisualDx combines clinical search with the world's best medical image library, plus medical knowledge from experts to help with diagnosis, treatment, self-education, and patient communication. Expanding to provide diagnostic decision support across General Medicine, the new VisualDx brings increased speed and accuracy to the art of diagnosis. Learn more at