The Biggest Mistake Doctors Make
Laura Landro has an excellent article in today’s Wall Street Journal about diagnostic medical errors and some innovative methods to address them: The Biggest Mistake Doctors Make . Landro, who described her own battles with the medical system in Survivor: Taking Control of Your Fight Against Cancer shares many of my concerns with our health care system and recently retweeted my column about my Immortal Bird talk at NYU, A Tale of Two Hospitals. Her article gives a very useful overview of diagnostic medical errors, both the dimensions of the problem in terms of lives lost and financial cost, and in terms of some creative efforts now underway to try and stem this epidemic. My own view is that automation, computer algorithms and new diagnostic devices and tests are all good and should be applauded but it’s changing the culture of medicine–and specifically the kinds of people who go into medicine and their motives for doing so–which holds the key to improving care and reducing errors.