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Patient safety education and advocacy group PULSE of NY announces a major conference on diagnostic errors. The event will gather national leaders in the field. It will take place March 3 in Plainview, NY. Registration link included.

Wantagh, NY (I-Newswire) January 27, 2014 –

PULSE of NY, a New York patient safety organization, announced today that registration has opened for Long Island’s first patient safety conference on diagnostic error and patient engagement. It will be held at the Holiday Inn in Plainview, NY on March 3, 2014, and will focus on efforts to improve diagnosis outcomes.

Diagnostic error is the leading cause of medical malpractice claims in the US, and is estimated to cause 40,000-80,000 deaths annually. One in every ten diagnoses is wrong, according to the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.

The conference, titled
Medical Diagnosis: Help Your Doctor Help You; Patients Involved in Healthcare
The Role of Patient Engagement in Error Prevention

coincides with Patient Safety Awareness Week, which aims to encourage patient and family participation in reducing misdiagnosis by improving communication and sharing information.

“PULSE of NY has been educating the public about patient safety practices since 1996,” says Ilene Corina, President and founder of the grassroots organization. “Now we hope members of the public will hear from national leaders on the subject, and change their behavior to avoid misdiagnosis.”

Speakers include:
Jack Rubenstein MD, FACP, Medical Director of the Clinical Reasoning Consultation Program, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. He is also a founding member of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.

Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, medical director in the Division of Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission.

Trisha Torrey is “Every Patient’s Advocate,” a name she gave herself after a misdiagnosis in 2004 that prompted her career change to patient empowerment and advocacy. Today she is About.com’s patient empowerment guide.

Among the sponsors are the North Shore LIJ Health System, Pegalis & Erickson, LLC, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the National Patient Safety Foundation, and IPRO.

For conference registration, a full list of sponsors, and more information about the event, please visit www.patientsafetypartners.org.


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