Press Releases

Learn more about the work the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is doing to improve diagnostic quality and safety.

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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New Resources Available to Develop and Enhance Clinicians’ Clinical Reasoning Skills

October 10, 2017

Today, at its annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference, the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) announced two new resources to support physicians in developing the knowledge and competencies needed to improve their diagnostic skills.

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SIDM Approved for a $250,000 Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

August 30, 2017

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) has received a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The 18-month project, Patients Improving Research in Diagnosis, will develop and evaluate an innovative curriculum to train Patient Partners to participate in the design, execution and dissemination of research to improve diagnosis.

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SIDM and IHI Issue RFP for Interventions to Improve Diagnostic Accuracy

August 7, 2017

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), which recently merged with the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), have received a $725,100 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to better understand how delayed or wrong diagnoses happen, and to test strategies to reduce them.

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