Topic 1: Partial Return-to-Work - closed

Begin with the Diagnosis--- Reduce mis-diagnosis

From a Medical prospective, via an Orthopedic Surgeon of 30+ years, Return to Work begins on date of injury--- with the appropriate diagnosis that, in turn, determines the most appropriate, evidence-based care and treatment. If the diagnosis is incorrect, then early RTW leads to re-injury, increased costs and unnecessary patient suffering.

 

In 2015, the National Academy of Medicine reported that most people will receive an incorrect or late

diagnosis at least once in their lives, sometimes with serious consequences. It cited one estimate that

12 million people — about 5 percent of adults who seek outpatient care — are misdiagnosed annually. The

report also noted that diagnostic error is a relatively under-measured and understudied aspect of patient

safety.

 

The Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, in Rochester, Minn. has provided good evidence that these anecdotal guesses by the National Academy are markedly under-estimated ----

More than 21 percent of patients who sought a second opinion at one of the nation’s premier medical

institutions had been misdiagnosed by their primary care providers, according to new research published

4-4-2017, in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. ( in only 12% of the cases did Mayo Clinic doctors confirm the original diagnosis !!!)

 

EMR systems have helped with billing and collections and improved office efficiency--- next, they must aid the Primary Care Physician in diagnosis and treatment. We have created this software.

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