The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis
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Coalition to Improve Diagnosis

About Our Coalition 

The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, convened and led by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), is a collaboration of more than 40 leading healthcare organizations focused on ensuring that diagnoses are accurate, communicated and timely. Our Coalition members represent doctors, nurses, testing professionals, patients and their families, employers, researchers, policymakers, educators and leading health organizations and government agencies involved in patient care.

The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis is the only collaboration of diverse healthcare organizations singularly focused on improving the diagnostic process. Together, we work to find solutions that enhance diagnostic quality and safety, reduce harm and ultimately, ensure better health outcomes for patients.

Coalition member organizations support the work of the Coalition on all of its collective actions in whatever way is appropriate for the member organization. In addition, they commit to engage their organization in ongoing individual meaningful action toward reducing the harm of diagnostic error and improving diagnostic accuracy and timeliness.


Goals of the Coalition

To bring greater attention and awareness to the need of improving the diagnostic process and engaging Coalition member organizations, their constituents and the broader healthcare community, the Coalition has launched the ACT for Better DiagnosisTM initiative.

In its 2015 report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) noted diagnostic error has been a massive "blind spot" in the national effort to improve health care quality and safety. It issued an urgent call for dedicated research funding and a coordinated, multi-agency federal research agenda to immediately address diagnostic errors and harms.

The Coalition, working with the SIDM Policy Committee developed a Roadmap for Policy Action that reveals the vital need of increased research funding devoted to improving diagnosis. The Roadmap includes a three-pronged approach for policymakers to take to support and facilitate research that will lead to tangible increases in accurate and timely diagnosis:

(1.) Establish and fund Research Centers of Diagnostic Excellence,
(2.) Support and fund diagnostic fellowship training programs and
(3.) Develop and validate operationally viable measures.

Many members of the Coalition also signed on to a Consensus Statement in support of increased Federal funding for research.

The Coalition, with SIDM staff support, conducted an environmental scan to determine ongoing quality improvement activity. Little activity was detected. Subsequently, various Coalition members have pursued individual quality improvement efforts and SIDM, with Coalition partner IHI is piloting six quality improvement efforts across the county.

Join Us

Improving diagnosis will not happen overnight. The complexity of diagnostic error and the collaborative, team-based approaches needed to improve accuracy will require disciplined and sustained work in the coming years, with a deep engagement of diverse stakeholders.

Everyone has an important role to play in improving diagnosis. To learn more about the Coalition, read the following documents: 

If your organization is interested in joining the Coalition, please contact

Who We Are

The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis is comprised of many of the most prestigious organizations in the medical and patient community. The Coalition is made possible with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Mont Fund. Current members include:

ABIM Foundation Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
Intermountain Healthcare
American Academy of Family Physicians
Johns Hopkins Medicine
American Academy of Pediatrics
The Joint Commission
American Association for Clinical Chemistry The Leapfrog Group
American Association of Nurse Practitioners Maryland Patient Safety Center
American Board of Internal Medicine Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors
American Board of Medical Specialties
Medical Professional Liability Association
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
MedStar Health
American College of Emergency Physicians
Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety
American College of Physicians
National Association of EMS Physicians
American Health Quality Association
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
American Heart Association National Quality Forum
American Society for Health Care Risk Management
Northwell Health
Association of American Medical Colleges
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative 
Association of Clinical Scientists
Penn State Health (Hershey Medical Center)
Ballad Health Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Permanente Federation, Kaiser Permanente
Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
Society of Bedside Medicine
Council of Medical Specialty Societies
Society of Hospital Medicine
ECRI Institute
Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
Geisinger Washington Patient Safety Coalition

Also participating in the Coalition are our federal liaisons:

Views and knowledge shared by federal liaisons to the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis (CID) are limited to activities consistent with the mission of the respective federal agencies. Federal participants serving in their official capacity must not be interpreted as agency endorsement of either SIDM or CID’s activities, business practices, or efforts to advocate or lobby for federal funds.

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