I've been asked why Pulsara started building a Regional Communication Network for Time Sensitive Emergencies. Here is one of the many reasons...
Misdiagnosis-related harms (death and disability) are concentrated in Vascular Events, Infections, and Cancers. The numbers in this study are staggering, but keep in mind that malpractice claims only represent 1.5% of actual events, and it is estimated that total societal costs are more than $100 billion annually.
THIS IS A SYSTEMS ISSUE.
The lack of care TEAM communication and care coordination ACROSS healthcare organizations is a national crisis. I could not agree more with Newman-Toker who said "... we might be able to ... save a lot of lives and prevent a lot of disability if we focus energy on tackling these problems."
Most vascular event and infection-related diagnostic errors occur in the inpatient and emergency settings. We need to UNITE these care teams. What's your plan for doing so?