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With support from funders who are committed to improving diagnosis, the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is spearheading significant projects working to support clinicians, patients, researchers and educators to improve the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis and reduce harm caused by diagnostic error.


Coalition to Improve Diagnosis

The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, formed and led by the Society to Improve Diagnosis, increases awareness and actions that improve diagnosis. Members of the Coalition represent hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and patients—and the leading health organizations and government agencies involved in patient care. Together, we work to find solutions that enhance diagnostic safety and quality, reduce harm, and ultimately, ensure better health outcomes for patients. The Coalition is made possible with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Mont Fund.



Diagnostic Data Platform

Diagnostic error is complex.  The Diagnostic Data Platform (DDP) initiative is exploring how data can help fill the many gaps that exist within the diagnostic process. The gaps are both cognitive and systemic.

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, will complete an assessment of market opportunities for a DDP. The project will identify specific, unmet market needs which will be used to derive product concepts.  Those product concepts will then be evaluated for their potential to support SIDM’s mission of improving diagnosis and reducing the harm associated with diagnostic error.  The evaluation will also examine the feasibility and risks associated with delivering those products in a usable form. 


Inter-Professional Consensus Curriculum on Diagnosis and Diagnostic Error

With support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, SIDM is working with an inter-professional group of experts to develop a consensus curriculum around diagnosis.  After completing a systematic literature review, resulting in hundreds of relevant articles on medical education and diagnosis or clinical reasoning and competencies, a Consensus Committee is in the process of identifying the competencies needed to improve diagnostic performance with the goal of ultimately endorsing them for adoption in education and training.


Developing Effective Tools to Improve the Diagnostic Process

Working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), SIDM and a number health care organizations have developed a collaborative to test and develop tools and techniques to improve the safety of the diagnostic process. With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and using the IHI Model for Improvement which works to accelerate improvement by establishing three fundamental questions:  1) What are we trying to accomplish? 2) How will we know that a change is an improvement? 3) What change can we make that will result in improvement? and then using a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle to test implementation in real world settings.  The SIDM/IHI collaborative includes six pilot sites: MedStar Health, University of Michigan, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Northwell Health and the UCSF Medical Center. At the end of the project SIDM and IHI will evaluate the relative merits and impact of each of the pilots and develop a dissemination plan for successful interventions. 




Patients Improving Research in Diagnosis

With funding from a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), 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. SIDM and its partners from Project Patient Care (PPC) and the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety will also work together to develop a new Academy for Patient Partners.

Patient Partners will be recruited from organizations representing patients and other leading healthcare organizations. Each Patient Partner will be assigned to a Research Mentor who will facilitate their engagement in research activities, evaluate the effectiveness of the program, and plan for its sustainability. The program will work toward

  • Engaging a diverse set of disease-based and other healthcare organizations in diagnostic research,
  • Training Patient Partners to be ready to collaborate in diagnostic research,
  • Mentoring Patient Partners to provide an effective support network,
  • Promoting Patient Partners to active researchers in diagnosis,
  • Evaluating the project to inform future work, and
  • Developing a plan to sustain the Patient Partner training initiative for diagnostic research through an Academy for Patient Partners



Questions about these or other initiatives, please email

Society to Improve
Diagnosis in Medicine
1501 Hinman Ave, #7B
Evanston, Il 60201