Quality

A Case for Quantity When Measuring Quality

Doctor talking with patient in hospital bed

The quality of a physician’s work is now often evaluated in metrics and data. Seventeen years ago, the Institute of Medicine issued a call to arms to Cross the Quality Chasm that opened the floodgates for thousands of measures, from government rules to hospital guidelines and consumer evaluations. As healthcare has become more complex, the…

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Tackling the Problem of Misdiagnosis

improving diagnosis in health care

If you’ve been attending conferences and reading journals lately, you already know that there’s a lot of buzz about improving diagnosis in health care. In fact, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) most recent installment in the Quality Chasm series is “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care.” Although data on misdiagnosis is fairly sparse, the best estimate…

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