Diagnosis Verification

The first step in the Preferred Care process, the DVTP evaluates and confirms that the primary diagnosis undertaken by your physician is accurate and complete. It also provides a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific condition by a top US specialist, while allowing you to make informed decisions. This is to prevent misdiagnosis and to ensure that you have the treatment plan that reflects your best interest and the technologies and state-of-the-art procedures proven to make a full recovery.

A DVTP can have great impact on treatment. Results published in the British Medical Journal state that Harvard doctors changed the treatment plans for 90% of the patients and revised the diagnosis in 5% of the cases that were involved in the DVTP program. The care change most often involved a new chemotherapy regimen, i.e. non-trivial care decisions.

Additionally, according to the World Health Organization, while diagnostic errors are encountered in every medical specialty, they can be studied most easily in fields such as radiology, pathology and dermatology, because the actual diagnostic material can be re-reviewed by other observers, uncovering errors and allowing discrepancy rates to be measured. A classic, often tragic example is misdiagnosis of cancer, either false-positive or false-negative, both being associated with potentially devastating medical, psychological and legal consequences. This allows for verification at a Center of Excellence, lessening the chances of reading errors.

The DVTP also gives you access to Harvard-affiliated medical expertise by having your condition and medical information reviewed remotely without ever needing to leave your home country. To learn more about the DVTP, click here.