Improving Diagnosis in the Era of Electronic Health Records
The 2015 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care” highlights the problem of missed and delayed diagnoses and the need to ensure that health information technologies support patients and health care professionals in the diagnostic process. However, most health care systems around the world are far from achieving that goal at present. Dr Singh, who testified to the IOM panel and has worked on several national reports and initiatives related to diagnostic safety and health IT, will present a brief snapshot of research on understanding and improving diagnosis in electronic health record-enabled healthcare settings.
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Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H. is a general internist and Chief of Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety based at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He leads a portfolio of VA and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded patient safety research in improving the use of health information technology and reducing diagnostic errors in health care. His research has informed several national patient safety initiatives and policy reports, including those by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the IOM), US Department of Health and Human Services, National Quality Forum, American Medical Association, AHRQ, and the WHO. In 2012, he received the AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award for high impact research and in 2014, received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama for pioneering work in the field. His multidisciplinary team’s work recently received the VA Health System Impact Award, which honors VA-funded research that significantly impacts clinical practice or policy.
In addition to co-developing the national VA policy on diagnostic test results communication in 2015, Hardeep co-chaired the National Quality Forum committee on recommendations for health IT safety measurement and co-developed the "ONC SAFER Guides" that provide national recommendations for safe electronic health record use. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics for significant and sustained contributions to biomedical informatics. He currently serves on the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee, which advises the CDC, FDA and CMS, and as an Associate Editor for journal Diagnosis.