Announcing the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis

Thu Aug 27 03:10:10 UTC 2015

Yesterday, we announced the formation of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis.
Following is the text of the press release:


Top Medical Societies and Healthcare Organizations Commit to Address Errors
in Diagnosis 

Coalition to Improve Diagnosis Will Bring Attention, Action to Diagnostic

WASHINGTON, DC (August 25, 2015) - More than a dozen major medical societies
and healthcare organizations, including patient and consumer advocates and
government partners, have joined forces 

to address diagnostic errors in medicine, through the newly formed Coalition
to Improve Diagnosis.


The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) established and will
lead the Coalition. The Coalition's founding member organizations represent
clinicians and other healthcare professionals,

patients and families, employers, consumer advocates, researchers,
policymakers and educators.

Errors in diagnosis are a system-wide issue that has received little
national attention, yet they affect one in 20 patients, an estimated 12
million Americans each year. A groundbreaking report on diagnostic

error to be released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and
Medicine this fall will outline the dimensions of the problem and the
critical importance of addressing it. 

"Physicians excel at diagnosis, but errors or delays in reaching the right
diagnosis still create harm, and we can do better," said Mark L. Graber, MD,
FACP, president and founder, SIDM. "The vision of our

Society-SIDM-is to ensure that diagnosis is accurate, timely and efficient.
The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis will be the catalyst for changes in
practice needed to realize this vision." 


The following organizations are members of the Coalition:  


* ABIM Foundation,

* American Association of Nurse Practitioners,

* American Board of Internal Medicine,

* American Board of Medical Specialties,

* American College of Emergency Physicians ,

* American College of Physicians,

* American Society for Healthcare Risk Management,

* Consumers Advancing Patient Safety,

* The Leapfrog Group,

* National Patient Safety Foundation, and 

* Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. 


Also supporting the Coalition and its members are government partners: 

* Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and

* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


"The Coalition will bring much-needed attention, awareness and action to
this issue," said Paul Epner, MBA, MEd, chair of the Coalition to Improve
Diagnosis and executive vice president of the SIDM.

"Engaging leading healthcare organizations, professional societies and
patients is an essential step in improving the quality of care patients
receive and in reducing harm that can result from diagnoses that

are inaccurate, missed or inappropriately delayed."

About the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis 

The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis is a collaboration of leading healthcare
organizations representing clinicians and other healthcare professionals,
patients and families, employers, insurers, researchers,

policymakers and educators. Member organizations have committed to take
measurable action to improve diagnosis through the collective actions of the
Coalition, as well as opportunities available to

and led by each member organization. Visit to learn


About the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) 

SIDM is a physician-led nonprofit organization whose members include
clinicians, patients and every stakeholder in the diagnostic process. SIDM
sponsors the annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine

conference and is the only organization focused on improving the quality and
safety of medical diagnosis. 

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Very exciting!




Paul L. Epner MBA, M.Ed.

Paul.Epner at


Executive Vice President, Co-Founder & Director, Society to Improve
Diagnosis in Medicine

Chair, Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference

Save the Date: September 27-29, 2015, Washington DC





Moderator: David Meyers, Board Member, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

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