ImproveDx Newsletter

July 2021
Volume 8 | Issue 4

Diagnostic Safety Event Reporting

Safety event reporting is an essential component of any healthcare and hospital system’s efforts to improve patient safety by helping to identify trends and prioritize improvements. While safety event reporting has a long history in health care, its use in the diagnostic space has been considerably more limited and disparately utilized across organizations.

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SIDM Announces the 2021-2022 Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) has selected eight Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the new fellows will work on innovative projects focused on improving diagnostic quality and safety.

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AHRQ Calls for Focus on Healthcare Leadership to Improve Diagnostic Safety

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a new issue brief entitled “Leadership To Improve Diagnosis: A Call to Action” to address ways that healthcare leaders can drive improvements in diagnostic safety. Healthcare organizations play a vital role in patient safety and quality, and the issue brief outlines resources these healthcare leaders can utilize.

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Raising Awareness of Diagnostic Quality and Safety with Policymakers

This month’s feature article describes the important work that the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has begun to create a Common Format for Diagnostic Safety Event reporting. As the nation’s patient safety agency, AHRQ has long had an interest in diagnostic error. Thanks to recent, albeit modest, increases in Congressional funding over the last three years, AHRQ has been ramping up work on tools and resources aimed at helping clinicians, patients, quality improvement professionals and health systems improve diagnostic safety and quality in practice.

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Thanks to Our Members & Sponsors

AcademyHealth • Advocate Aurora Health • American Association of Nurse Practitioners • American Board of Medical Specialties • American Medical Group Association • Association of American Medical Colleges • COLA, Inc. • Constellation • Covera Health • Coverys • CRICO • EmPRO • InSimu • Integrated Project Management Company • Intermountain Healthcare • Isabel • Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence • MCIC Vermont • MedStar Health • NBME • The Permanente Federation, Kaiser Permanente • VisualDx

Did You Know?

Every nine minutes, someone in a U.S. hospital dies due to a medical diagnosis that was wrong or delayed. Your donation today will help us improve the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis and continue our vision in creating a world where no patients are harmed by diagnostic error.