Why Public Disclosure of Anatomic Pathology Errors in Canada, But No Similar Events Reported in the United States?

As healthcare systems make patient safety a greater priority, the public reporting of pathology errors in Canada has no comparable track record in the United States Errors in anatomic pathology  testing in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan made media headlines this summer. In each case, it was just a limited number of cases where errors at pathology labs resulted in inaccurate diagnoses and, in at least one case, a needless mastectomy for a patient. At a time when health...

Institute of Medicine Report Finds Healthcare Management Lags Behind Other Industries

Pathologists and clinical laboratory directors can learn from other industries about how to better achieve quality and cost goals Why are pathology groups, clinical laboratories, and the majority of healthcare providers so slow to borrow innovative approaches from commercial businesses that measurably improve patient service, quality, and satisfaction? No less an authority than, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has taken the entire healthcare system to task for being so slow to adopt proven...
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