By Maria Moeller, marketing manager, Midmark Corp. September 24, 2018
In healthcare, the smallest detail can often have the biggest impact. A reported 47 percent of clinicians encounter diagnostic errors at least monthly1. And 16 percent of errors are due to inadequate physical examination1. Missing something subtle during this phase of the exam can have a tremendous impact on diagnosis, treatment and clinical outcomes.
For example, consider the ear and eye exam: one of the most basic parts of the primary care visit. These simple, routine exam procedures set the stage for fully understanding the clinical picture of a patient. Yet even the slightest glare from a light can impact your ability to get a full, clear image at one time.
For a patient with a complex condition such as diabetes, proper visualization is key for correct diagnosis. Many clinicians too readily accept the failings of their current instruments as status quo. The impact from misdiagnosis to the patient can be dramatic and life changing, even leading to blindness. It also leads to further increases in the cost of healthcare. Today, diabetes-related blindness costs the U.S. about $500 million annually.
There’s a better way:
With the industry-wide push toward value-based care reimbursement models, better outcomes are more important than ever. There is growing interest on anything that can improve the quality of ambulatory medical care. And, since improving patient outcomes has become a central focus, providers must use good diagnostic instruments to help improve the quality of care provided to their patients.