Diagnosis and Telemedicine – What are the Important Research Questions?
The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the usage of telemedicine overnight, establishing it as a mainstay for healthcare delivery and diagnosis. A new project convened by SIDM, funded by PCORI, will bring together a multi-stakeholder group to make recommendations on the research most needed by the field.
After finding a small lump on her breast, Sandra Kaus completed a mammogram and was told if she did not hear back, all was well. One year later, she would face a devastating delayed diagnosis caused by an initial testing oversight.
2020-2021 Fellows in Diagnostic
SIDM is proud to announce seven new Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence. The 2020-2021 awardees will work on innovative projects focused on improving diagnostic quality and safety.
After giving birth to twins and undergoing a hysterectomy, Sarah Kiehl experienced large amounts of drainage from the surgical site. While she was assured this was normal, Sarah was actually showing initial signs of sepsis.
One in 10 Patients with a ‘Big Three’
One in 10 people (9.6%) with symptoms caused by a major vascular event, infection, or cancer will be misdiagnosed, according to a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CRICO Strategies.
There Are Flaws in Our Nation's
Diagnostic errors are not unique to COVID-19. Now is the time to improve diagnostic accuracy. Read more about the diagnostic lessons we can learn in a new article by SIDM CEO Paul L. Epner published in The Hill.
Coalition Members Respond to COVID-19
Many of our Coalition to Improve Diagnosis members are on the front lines working diligently to test and diagnose patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to provide timely and useful information regarding COVID-19, our members have developed a wide range of resources, including toolkits, live chats, webinars, community groups and more.
SIDM shares concerns about the global threat of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As with any disease, reaching a timely and accurate explanation of a patient’s symptoms is critical to achieving the outcomes that matter to patients. For information about coronavirus and direction on what clinicians and the general public should do, please see guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health authorities.
Creating a world where no patients are harmed by diagnostic error.
SIDM catalyzes and leads change to improve diagnosis and eliminate harm from diagnostic error, in partnership with patients, their families, the healthcare community and every interested stakeholder.
1 in 3
One-third of malpractice cases that result in death or permanent disability stem from an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis, making it the number one cause of serious harms among medical errors.
Roughly 40,000‐80,000 deaths in U.S. hospitals each year can be attributed to diagnostic error. It’s about the same number of people who die annually from breast cancer or diabetes.
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Improving Testing Accuracy for Better Health Outcomes
Coalition to Improve Diagnosis member AACC has developed tools that make diagnostic testing easier to understand to prevent misinterpretation and misdiagnosis. Learn more about their work and newly developed COVID-19 testing resources in the latest issue of ACT Update.
WomenHeart Receives $100,000 PCORI Engagement Award
WomenHeart recently received a $100,000 grant through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program. Working with SIDM, WomenHeart will use the funds to develop a convening to address missed and delayed diagnosis of heart disease in women.
Diagnosis and Telemedicine – Important Research Questions
SIDM has been approved for a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award. The award, part of the PCORI Special Cycle: Supporting Engagement in and Dissemination of PCOR/CER in the Context of COVID-19 funding, will address research needs around the growing field of virtual visits and telediagnosis.
Call for Nominations: Mark L. Graber Dignostic Quality Award
Do you know a person, group, or organization who has made an important contribution to the reduction of diagnostic error? You can now nominate them for the Mark L. Graber Diagnostic Quality Award, which recognizes either a total body of work (“lifetime achievement”) or a significant contribution in the field.
SIDM Announces New Board Members
SIDM is proud to announce that Doug Salvador, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School- Baystate and Ann Gaffey, RN, MSN, CPHRM, DFASHRM, President, Healthcare Risk and Safety Strategies, LLC have joined the SIDM Board of Directors.
2020-2021 Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence Announced
The 2020-2021 Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence awardees will work on innovative projects focused on improving diagnostic quality and safety. Meet the seven new fellows and learn about their research focus areas.
Why the Color of Your Skin Can Affect the Quality of Your Diagnosis
If you are a patient of color, especially if you’re of African ancestry, your chances of misdiagnosis are greater than white patients’, and you have higher odds of suffering greater harm from diagnostic errors.
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