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Landro L. Wall Street Journal (Eastern edition). November 29, 2006: D1-D5. [Reprinted on Post-gazette.com].
This article describes a decision support program used by Kaiser Permanente and U.S. Veterans Administration to help minimize misdiagnosis.
Borzo J. Wall Street Journal. May 23, 2005:R10.
This article discusses decision support system implementation and use, and its role in preventing physician misdiagnosis.
Donaghue E. USA Today. September 5, 2007.
This article discusses how diagnostic decision-support systems can assist physicians in correctly diagnosing patients.
Cohn J. The Atlantic. March 2013;311:59–67.
This magazine article reports how technology, such as IBM's Watson, can improve the efficiency and accuracy of health care decision making.
Maron DF. Sci Am. July 21, 2017.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. September 12, 2017.
Misdiagnosis has gained recognition as an important patient safety problem. This newspaper article reports on several areas of research and improvement efforts that seek to better understand the roots of diagnostic error and design solutions. Strategies discussed include artificial intelligence, lessons learned initiatives, and data-tracking mechanisms.
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Patient and consumer safety risks when using conversational assistants for medical information: an observational study of Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.
Bickmore TW, Trinh H, Olafsson S, et al. J Med Internet Res. 2018;20:e11510.
Experts have raised safety concerns for patients seeking medical information over the Internet. This study examined whether a conversational assistant such as Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant would provide accurate information in response to a medical question. Lay participants queried a randomly assigned conversational assistant about their own health-related question and standardized questions relating to medication use and recognition of symptoms. Conversational assistants were unable to answer the majority of questions. Among the answered questions, a significant proportion of suggested actions (29%) could lead to harm. The authors conclude that conversational assistants are neither safe nor effective in providing actionable medical information.
Parikh R. MIT Technol Rev. October 23, 2018.
Computerized decision support and artificial intelligence (AI) are being utilized to enhance decision-making in health care. This magazine article explains how artificial intelligence presents clinicians with an opportunity to improve practice by reducing cognitive load when determining appropriate diagnoses and treatment decisions.
Panner M. Forbes. August 12, 2019.
Diagnostic errors can result in harm across the spectrum of practice. Discussing cognitive and system factors in radiology that contribute to diagnostic mistakes, this magazine article recommends ways to reduce risk of errors, including peer review of practice, structured reporting, and artificial intelligence–enabled decision support.