Diagnostic Error: The Big Three—Vascular Events, Infections, and Cancer

Diagnostic Error: The Big Three—Vascular Events, Infections, and Cancer

Diagnostic failures continue to be the most common error of high severity, high cost malpractice claims. A recent study found that three main disease categories—vascular events, infections, and cancers—accounted for 75% of all these claims. In this presentation, study authors from John Hopkins University School of Medicine and CRICO describe their findings, share specific case stories and make recommendations for clinical initiatives that could have a significant impact on this patient safety dilemma.

Researchers analyzed Candello data—a database of more than 400,000 malpractice claims drawn from more than 400 academic and community medical centers, and is estimated to contain 30 percent of all malpractice claims in the United States. The study examined approximately 55,000 malpractice claims from Candello to determine how many were attributable to diagnostic error. The research was funded by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) through a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and published in the journal, Diagnosis.


This webinar will highlight key findings of the study and provide insights about diagnosis-related medical malpractice claims and guidance on reducing risk and improving outcomes related to diagnosis.

  • Physicians and care teams including advanced practice clinicians
  • Risk, patient safety, and quality managers
  • Health care leaders
  • Medical professional liability insurers


Candello members may also access the recording through the online Candello Community.

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Photo of Dr. David Newman-Tokar

David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurology, and Director of the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Adam Schaffer, MD, MPH
Senior Clinical Analytics Specialist, Patient Safety-Advanced Analytics and Coding, CRICO; and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Part-time, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

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Dana Siegal, RN, CPHRM, CPPS
Director of Patient Safety, CRICO Strategies

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