A new study in Japan has found that technology can help to dramatically reduce the rate of errors in doctors diagnosing patients.

Physicians who used a decision-making software by healthcare information services provider Wolters Kluwer had a much lower rate of diagnostic errors, compared with a control group not using UpToDate – 2% versus 24%.

“Diagnostic errors are common. Up to one in 10 diagnoses are incorrect and up to one in three people have experienced a diagnostic error,” notes Peter Bonis, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Clinical Effectiveness, Wolters Kluwer, Health.

The work was conducted at the Tokyo Jōtō Hospital, a community-based hospital in Japan. This study comes after researchers at Johns Hopkins estimated in a 2016 study that medical errors should rank as the third leading cause of US deaths.

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