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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 in Medicine, 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.
Developing Effective Tools to Improve the Diagnostic Process
Working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), SIDM and a number of healthcare 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.
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