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SIDM and IHI Issue RFP for Interventions to Improve Diagnostic Accuracy

Posted By Lorie Slass, Monday, August 7, 2017
Updated: Friday, August 4, 2017
 
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August 7, 2017

 

Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and Institute for Healthcare Improvement Issue RFP for Interventions to Improve Diagnostic Accuracy

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fund $725,000 year-long effort.

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), which recently merged with the National Patient Safety Foundation, 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. 

 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s landmark report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, identified diagnostic error as a major, unaddressed patient safety issue, noting that “most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences.” This grant from the foundation supports a major goal of the National Academies report: “Develop and deploy approaches to identify, learn from, and reduce diagnostic errors and near misses in clinical practice.”

 

“The complexity of diagnosis is well known and health care organizations struggle with where to start or which interventions might have the most value,” said Mark Graber, MD, FACP, president and founder of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. “There is a wealth of suggestions on how to improve diagnosis, but almost none of these proposals have been evaluated in clinical settings.”

 

SIDM and IHI have issued a Request for Proposals this week seeking six health care organizations to join a six-month collaborative during which they will learn improvement skills and test one or more interventions to reduce diagnostic error. SIDM and IHI will work with the six clinical teams to harvest the learning and to consider what’s applicable to broader clinical settings. The deadline to submit proposals is September 8, 2017.

 

“Arriving at an accurate diagnosis is a complicated, collaborative process that involves many players in the health care system working together,” said Jennifer Lenoci-Edwards, RN, MPH, Director, Patient Safety, Institute for Healthcare Improvement. “It’s critically important to better understand the process and improve its accuracy.”

Selected health care organizations would receive a $15,000 stipend to support their projects. Using the unique “IHI Collaborative” approach that has successfully advanced safety and quality work over the past decade, the participating organizations will work and learn together in this effort, sharing problems, insights, and lessons learned.  

 

“To improve patient care, we need to learn what interventions work and which ones improve diagnostic performance most effectively,” added Graber.

 

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About the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)

SIDM is a nonprofit organization whose members include clinicians and other healthcare professionals, patients and every stakeholder in the diagnostic process. SIDM sponsors the annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference being held October 8-10, 2017 in Boston, Mass. In 2015, SIDM established the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, a collaboration of 34 leading healthcare organizations. Visit www.improvediagnosis.org to learn more.

 

About the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) began working together as one organization in May 2017. The newly formed entity is committed to using its combined knowledge and resources to focus and energize the patient safety agenda in order to build systems of safety across the continuum of care. To learn more about our trainings, resources, and practical applications, visit ihi.org/PatientSafety.

 

About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area. Visit Moore.org and follow @MooreFound.

 

 

 

Tags:  Diagnostic Errors  Patient Safety  SIDM 

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Report on the National Academy of Medicine Diagnostic Safety Workshop

Posted By Cori Smith, Monday, July 24, 2017
The National Academy of Medicine hosted a well-attended “Implementation Workshop” last week that focused on the 2015 Improving Diagnosis in Health Care report, and what can be done to further advance progress on addressing diagnostic error. The agenda for the meeting can be found here, and a full report will be available on this page in a few weeks.


The 2015 report contained 8 major goals and recommendations. Although none of these have been fully met or implemented, the meeting highlighted the substantial progress that’s been made. Paul and I provided examples of accomplishments to date in the attached slide set, featuring the contributions made by SIDM’s partners in the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, many of whom attended the workshop.

The meeting was well attended, and included a virtual “Who’s Who” in our field, including Dr Victor Dzau, the current NAM President, and the President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (and past president of the IOM), Dr Harvey Fineberg. Besides Paul Epner and myself, the SIDM Board and Committees were represented by David Newman-Toker, David Meyers, Andrew Olson, Kathy McDonald, Sue Sheridan, and Helen Haskell. SIDM also stepped up on social media – tweeting throughout the meeting. Do you follow us on Twitter?

Beyond SIDM, all of the major federal agencies were present (AHRQ, CMS, the ONC, VA and CDC), and a host of professional societies and Boards, including large contingencies from the AAMC, ACP, and ABIM. We were also delighted to see ‘new’ participants in the diagnostic error discussion: The Joint Commission, “payers” (eg Anthem Blue Cross), Consumer’s Union, CVS Health, and the Milbank Memorial Fund.

In additional to the plenaries, three working sessions, each attended by a representative from SIDM, focused on:
• Improving Diagnosis in Clinical Practice
• Improving Diagnosis Through Health Care Professional Education
• Patient-Centered Health Care, Education, and Policy to Improve Diagnosis

The meeting highlighted not only the progress that’s been made in the past 2 years, but the imperative going forward to address harm related to diagnostic error as an urgent patient safety concern. SIDM is committed to leading that effort, and we will continue to look for every opportunity to accelerate progress.

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System joins SIDM!

Posted By Cori Smith, Thursday, November 17, 2016
Announcing Dartmouth-Hitchcock has joined SIDM!

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New Josiah Macy Jr Foundation Grant!

Posted By Cori Smith, Wednesday, November 2, 2016
"New Grant Will Develop Interprofessional Curriculum to Improve Medical Diagnoses"

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New SIDM Grant!

Posted By Cori Smith, Thursday, September 29, 2016
View attached file on: 'New Grant Advances Efforts to Improve Diagnosis and Eliminate Patient Harm'

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SIDM Career Opportunity!

Posted By Cori Smith, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

NEW job posting for Director of Strategic Engagement. Download pdf to learn more and apply!

Deadline to apply is 12/23/16

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SIDM Career Opportunity!

Posted By Cori Smith, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

 

NEW job posting for Operations-Project Manager. Download pdf below to learn more and apply!

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Coalition New Member Press Release

Posted By Cori Smith, Monday, April 11, 2016
To see the Coalition New Member Press Release, download the file below.

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SIDM wins NASA Grant

Posted By Cori Smith, Tuesday, April 5, 2016
SIDM wins NASA Grant
January 25, 2016

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) a 1 year, exploratory grant to study whether education and training on cognitive errors could improve decision-making on future space missions.

Decision-making on space flights is currently optimized by taking advantage of input from crew-members and mission control staff, but on long-duration exploratory missions, such as the planned mission to Mars, astronauts will be more reliant on their own decision-making skills. The lessons learned from studying the cognitive shortcomings that underlie diagnostic errors are highly relevant to the problems NASA astronauts will be facing, because these errors are common to decision-making in all fields.

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ABMS-NPSF Summit Report

Posted By Cori Smith, Thursday, March 3, 2016
Read about this important event!

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