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In the Wake of a New Report on Diagnostic Errors, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) Invites Collaboration and Policy Action

July 17, 2023

ALPHARETTA, Ga., July 17, 2023 — Since a 2015 report, “Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare,” by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, we have known that delayed, missed, and incorrect diagnoses are responsible for the most common, costly, and catastrophic harms in healthcare. A newly released study, published by BMJ Quality & Safety, was authored by a team from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence and partners from the Risk Management Foundation of Harvard Medical Institutions. The new report provides the first national estimate of permanent morbidity and mortality resulting from diagnostic errors across all clinical…

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April 27, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SOCIETY TO IMPROVE DIAGNOSIS IN MEDICINE (SIDM) ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS OF NEW BOARD MEMBERS Alpharetta, GA – April 24, 2023 – The society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Helene Epstein, Dr. Kenneth A. Mundt, Kamili Wilson, and Von Wright to its Board of Directors. Helene Epstein is a freelance healthcare writer and longstanding member of the SIDM community. She has served on committees, panels, and various boards for medical research projects, healthcare organizations, public schools, and grant-givers. She is actively involved in the SIDM Patient Engagement Committee and a valued…

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SIDM Board Member Ron Wyatt Leads Elevation of Healthcare Equity Standard to National Patient Safety Goal

January 17, 2023

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) congratulates Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, and SIDM board member for successfully advocating for healthcare disparities to become a quality and safety priority and a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG).

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SIDM Board of Directors Call for Nominations

January 4, 2023

We’re pleased to announce the 2023 call for candidates to be considered for SIDM’s Board of Directors. During this critical time in our history, SIDM is looking to recruit three (3) board members. This is an opportunity to serve during a pivotal time as we implement our new strategic plan.   WHY SERVE ON THE SIDM BOARD OF DIRECTORS? SIDM’s mission is to become the premier resource for innovative solutions to reduce medical errors arising from misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or missed diagnosis. For many past and current board members, serving on the board of SIDM is a way to personally…

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Congress Commits Funding for Research to Reduce Diagnostic Error and Improve Patient Safety in Final FY2023 Spending Bill

December 30, 2022

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is thrilled to announce that Congress included language in the final FY 2023 Omnibus spending bill that doubles dedicated federal funding for research to reduce patient harm from diagnostic error.  Statistically, each of us is likely to experience a meaningful diagnostic error in our lifetime. The significant human and financial toll of diagnostic errors, which occur in all settings of care, was first highlighted in a landmark 2015 National Academy of Medicine (NAM) report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. The report found that missed, delayed, or un-communicated diagnoses result in more patient…

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In the Wake of a New Report on Diagnostic Errors, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) Invites Collaboration and Policy Action

December 19, 2022

A newly released report, “Diagnostic Error in the Emergency Department: A Systematic Review,” authored by investigators at the Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center and funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), contributes new data to inform practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and patient advocates working to improve diagnosis in medicine. The research, led by David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD, a former president of SIDM, highlights the need to accelerate diagnostic excellence as a norm and a justified expectation of patients as well as healthcare professionals.

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SIDM Appoints Doug Salvador, MD, MPH as New Board President

November 16, 2022

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) announced that Doug Salvador, MD, MPH, has been appointed as its new president of the Board of Directors. Dr. Salvador has been a SIDM board member since 2020. He is also the senior vice president and chief quality officer of Baystate Health; chief medical officer of Baystate Medical Center; and associate professor of medicine for the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School—Baystate.

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19 Organizations Awarded Grants to Test Innovations that Improve Diagnosis and Reduce Disparities

September 22, 2022

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is issuing the third grant round, totaling $3 million over three years, as part of the organization’s DxQI Seed Grant Program. 19 organizations will receive awards up to $50,000 to test interventions to improve the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of diagnoses.

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Scholars and Future Leaders Across Medicine Chosen to Advance Equity and Diagnostic Excellence For Older Adults

July 28, 2022

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) are proud to announce the selection of the SIDM Age-Friendly Fellow and the NAM Scholar in Diagnostic Excellence who will both focus on advancing equity and improvements in diagnosis for older adults.

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SIDM Appoints Dr. William “Bill” F. Owen, Jr., MD as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

May 13, 2022

The CEO of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), Jennie Ward-Robinson, PhD, today announces the appointment of Dr. William “Bill” F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer. With almost two decades of executive leadership experience in the health sector, Dr. Owen was selected by SIDM for this role to accelerate its growth and identify innovation opportunities. Dr. Owen will be responsible for organizational strategy as SIDM positions itself as a leader spurring improvement in diagnosis in medicine and reducing patient harm.

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The Administration and Congress Agree: Reducing Harm from Diagnostic Error is an Urgent Patient Safety Priority

March 31, 2022

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) applauds the increased funding for research and quality improvement to reduce the tremendous human and financial toll of missed, wrong, or delayed diagnosis proposed in President Biden’s budget proposal. Studies show that some 12 million Americans annually experience a diagnostic error, sometimes with devastating consequences and that these errors contribute $100 billion in waste to the system.

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Applications for the American Board of Medical Specialties 2022–2023 Visiting Scholars Program are Now Available

March 30, 2022

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is now accepting applications for the 2022–2023 ABMS Visiting Scholars Program. This one-year, part-time program facilitates the development of early-career physicians, medical specialists, and research professionals by supporting their research and encouraging their engagement with the ABMS community. Applications must be received by 12 am CT on June 12, 2022.

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