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What's happening in the field of diagnostic error? Check out the latest news and learn about the Society to Improve Diagnosis (SIDM)'s efforts to improve diagnostic quality and safety.

SIDM Welcomes New Board Leadership & Members at DEM2018

November 8, 2018

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) announced new board leadership at the organization’s annual business meeting during the 11th Annual International Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference (DEM2018) this week in New Orleans. David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD, became SIDM president; Tim Mosher, MD became Secretary; and Jen Campisano, JD, Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, and Tom Lee, PhD, MBA joined as new board members.

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Mark L. Graber, MD Named New SIDM Chief Medical Officer

November 6, 2018

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) announced that Mark Graber, MD FACP will be its new Chief Medical Officer effective November 7. The announcement was made at the 11th Annual International Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference (DEM2018) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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SIDM Applauds Increased Federal Research Funding for Diagnostic Error

October 2, 2018

The FY 2019 spending bill for the Department of Health and Human Services that was signed into law last week included $2 million in new funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) “to support grants to address diagnostic errors” and explore the process of establishing Centers for Diagnostic Excellence.

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New Group of Fellows Announced to Examine Diagnostic Error

September 20, 2018

Each year, diagnostic errors affect 12 million adults in outpatient settings and are responsible for an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 hospital deaths. They are the most common, the costliest, and the most dangerous type of paid medical malpractice claims and the most common cause of medical errors reported by patients. The SIDM Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence was developed to encourage and support careers dedicated to improving diagnosis.

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40+ Healthcare Organizations Launch Unprecedented Effort to Improve Accuracy and Timeliness of Diagnosis

September 13, 2018

A coalition of more than 40 healthcare and patient advocacy organizations today launched a targeted effort to improve the quality of medical diagnoses, especially those that can result in patient harm. Researchers estimate that up to 80,000 deaths a year in U.S. hospitals can be attributed to inaccurate or delayed diagnoses.

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Efforts to Improve Medical Diagnosis Included in Federal Spending Bill

March 29, 2018

The newly enacted federal spending bill calls improving medical diagnosis a “moral, professional, and public health imperative” and directs federal health agencies to focus attention on it. Building on research from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), Congress used the FY 2018 federal spending bill to direct the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to propose a strategy for improving diagnosis.

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ECRI Institute Names Diagnostic Error Top Patient Safety Concern for 2018

March 13, 2018

This week the ECRI Institute named diagnostic errors the top patient safety concern of 2018. They note: “According to both studies and claims analyses, diagnostic errors are common, and they can have serious consequences. Miscommunication is a common issue, but often not the only one. ‘It’s a multifactorial problem,’

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Patient Safety Advocate Susan Sheridan to Join Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

January 16, 2018

A nationally renowned leader in patient safety, Susan E. Sheridan, MIM, MBA, DHL will join the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) on January 22, as the organization’s first-ever Director of Patient Engagement. In this newly created position, Sheridan will spearhead efforts to ensure that the patient and family perspective informs all facets of SIDM’s work to improve diagnostic accuracy and timeliness while reducing harm caused by diagnostic errors.

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New Articles and Editorial in Diagnosis Recognize Important Role of Nurses in Diagnostic Process

December 1, 2017

While much attention has been given broadly to the concept of teamwork in medicine, the concept of a diagnostic team is novel. Two new articles and an editorial in the latest issue of Diagnosis address the importance of involving nurses in the diagnostic process as critical members of the healthcare team.

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David Newman-Toker Named President-Elect of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

October 11, 2017

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) announced new board leadership at the 10th Annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine (DEM) Conference this week in Boston, Massachusetts. David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology and Director of the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence at Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been elected President-Elect of SIDM, effective immediately.

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