Better Outcomes Through Better Diagnosis

As patients, clinicians, researchers, educators, insurers, and healthcare professionals, we seek to understand the nature, causes, and remedies for diagnostic errors. Our ultimate goal is to reduce misdiagnosis-related harm and ensuring that diagnosis is timely, accurate, reliable, efficient, and safe.

Diagnostic error is the leading cause of medical malpractice claims in the US, and is estimated to cause 40,000-80,000 deaths annually. One in every ten diagnoses is wrong and one in every thousand ambulatory diagnostic encounters result in harm.

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is committed to:

  • Encouraging research
  • Promoting education, and
  • Building awareness

…among all the stakeholder groups that can have impact.

To accomplish this goal, SIDM seeks collaboration with individuals, organizations, institutions and associations who share our vision for improving patient safety and healthcare delivery for patients and their families. There is much work to be done; we need your help and support.

Please join us.




We are standing at the threshold of a unique and powerful opportunity to improve the future of medicine by providing a safer healthcare system for the people we serve.  In the fall of 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will publish a landmark report on diagnostic error in healthcare.

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is raising funds to conduct a national outreach campaign to bring attention to the report and increase awareness about this issue.   We are thrilled to announce that a donor has pledged $100,000 toward this effort and issued a fundraising challenge.  He will match every additional dollar SIDM can raise up to $75,000 to reach the campaign goal of $250,000.

 Please give as much as you can.  We greatly appreciate your support.










9/16/2015 » 9/18/2015
Mark Graber to speak at Delivery Science Summit at Mayo Clinic



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