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Diagnostic Strategy for the COVID-19 Pandemic – Bench to Bedside to Blueprint for Policymakers
The Diagnostic Excellence Summit is an annual one-day internal Johns Hopkins Medicine conference devoted to key topics linked to improving the quality, accuracy and timeliness of medical diagnosis. This year, we have canceled our originally planned program in favor of a three-hour virtual (and recorded) conference, open to the public, on diagnosing SARS-CoV-2, COVID disease and non-COVID-19 diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Johns Hopkins Summit Leaders:
Welcome & Introduction to the Diagnostic Excellence Summit (D. Newman-Toker)
The mission of the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence is to catalyze efforts to improve diagnostic performance, develop the science of diagnostic safety, and enhance diagnostic research. Today’s virtual conference seeks to promote engagement and action in partnership with aligned individual and organizational stakeholders working towards a shared vision of diagnostic excellence.
State-of-the-Art Science of SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostics (Y. Manabe)
11:10 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
The first segment of the conference, led by Yukari Manabe of Infectious Diseases and global health, will feature a panel of basic science, laboratory medicine, and infectious disease experts discussing current and future diagnostics for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Topics will include current and future molecular tests, point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests, and convalescent serologies. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions electronically in advance and during the panel.
Patient & Provider Perspectives on Diagnosis in the COVID Era (S. Peterson and K. McDonald)
The second segment of the conference, led by Susan Peterson of Emergency Medicine and Kathryn McDonald of the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence, will focus on real-world clinical experiences and research with both COVID and non-COVID disease diagnosis in the COVID context. The session will enable audience members to choose from among a palette of round-robin virtual breakout rooms on diverse topics such as Telehealth Diagnostic Triage in the COVID Era, Point-of-Care Lung Ultrasound for COVID Diagnosis, or Impact of COVID Fears on Patients in Need of Diagnosis. Experts from infectious disease, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, diagnostic excellence, and public policy will lead these “shift and share” participatory breakout group discussions, each lasting 10-15 minutes.
Public Health and Diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic (J. Sharfstein)
This third and final segment of the conference, led by Joshua Sharfstein of Public Health, will feature a panel of clinical, public health, and public policy experts discussing an overall strategy to address both COVID and non-COVID disease diagnosis across different levels of the public health repsonse. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions electronically in advance and during the panel.
Summary & Closing Remarks (D. Newman-Toker)
Highlights from Last Year
- Keynote presentation by Carla Pugh, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and director of the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement Center at Stanford University.
- Presentations by the leaders of the Center for Diagnostic Excellence, including the center’s director, David Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D.
- View the full program agenda.
- Podium presentations by faculty and staff members throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Networking with patient safety and quality champions across our health system.
- Educational courses focused on:
- Haptic feedback to improve hands-on clinical skills
- Virtual patients to improve clinical reasoning and physical exam skills
- The electronic health record as an educational tool for diagnosis
- Assessing physical exam and communication skills
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