Diagnostic Safety Resource Center

This site provides easy access to resources from The Doctors Company and other trusted organizations, institutions of higher learning, and subject matter experts. We are committed to helping healthcare professionals take a proactive approach to diagnostic safety to reduce the frequency and severity of malpractice claims and patient harm.

Featured Resources from The Doctors Company

Failure to Diagnose and Refer Results in Court and Dental Board Action

Failure to correctly diagnose and failure to refer are commonly seen in dental claims, as this case study highlights.

Strategies for Effective Patient-Assisted Telehealth Assessments

Providers must consider the components required to complete an effective patient-assisted remote assessment and plan ahead based on their specialty area and the patient’s presenting complaint.

As Telemedicine Best Practices Emerge, Assess Your Practice

As practices and hospitals work to integrate their telemedicine platforms more smoothly into their workflows, this moment calls for us to reconsider how we are using telemedicine relative to care access, quality, safety, and the core principles of patient-centered care.

Delay in Diagnosing Breast Cancer: A Case Summary and Tips to Reduce Risk

It is crucial for practices that act as primary care providers to monitor preventive breast healthcare.

The Evolving Landscape of Diagnostic Errors—Challenges and Opportunities

Most diagnostic errors happen at the bedside. Failures in bedside assessment, clinical reasoning, and test-ordering decisions are found in more than 80 percent of all cases involving serious harms.


The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider considering the circumstances of the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.