SIDM Update: PSAW and the IOM report

Graber, Mark Mark.Graber at VA.GOV
Thu Apr 10 02:50:01 UTC 2014

Dear SIDM members and friends:

Here's a brief update on SIDM's two major projects this year:

Patient Safety Awareness Week  -  We partnered with the National Patient Safety Foundation to focus on diagnostic error as the theme of this year's March event, and by all measures this was a huge success.  SIDM helped prepare a variety of resources for patients, providers, and healthcare organizations, including a speaker's list, 'Ten Things I Could Do Tomorrow', and other resources on diagnostic quality.  We also planned and presented 3 national webinars; over 500 sites signed for the first two webinars   (Patient and Family Engagement to Prevent Diagnostic Error; Diagnostic Safety in an EHR-Enabled Health Care System), and over 900 for the third (How to Do an Root Cause Analysis of Diagnostic Error).  All three can be found on the NPSF website if you missed them.  This was the first tangible evidence we've seen that healthcare organizations are becoming more interested in the problem of diagnostic error.

The Institute of Medicine report on diagnostic error - This IOM project, originating from SIDM's petition, is getting underway in just a few weeks.  The final report is expected to be released in the fall of 2015.  Three SIDM members are among the provisional panel members:  Kathryn McDonald, Pat Croskerry, and myself.  Information about the study, including provisional committee membership and study dates, is available on the IOM's Current Projects System:
You can also sign up to receive periodic updates about the study at:

And two quick reminders:

 *   Save the date to attend this year's 7th annual Diagnostic Error Meeting in Atlanta, Sept 14-17.  This is shaping up to be our best meeting ever.
 *   DIAGNOSIS, the new journal focusing on diagnostic quality and safety, is open for business.  Keep the journal in mind for your next manuscript, and check out the amazing collection of essays in the first issue (all open access) from thought leaders in our field.

Best to all,


Mark L Graber MD FACP
Presidnet and Founder, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

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