FW: Announcing the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis

Ruth Ryan ruthryan at COX.NET
Fri Sep 4 13:13:53 UTC 2015


Dear Rob,

 

There are good reasons for devoting our efforts in SIDM and the Coalition to
diagnostic error rather than all medical error as you suggest.

 

1.      Misdiagnosis is the elephant in the room of medical error.

2.      Diagnostic error has been conspicuously absent from patient safety
efforts.  There has been a lot of attention and there are measures
addressing other types of errors, such as ACGME cutting resident hours to
reduce fatigue and error, CPOE to eliminate handwriting errors in orders,
surgical checklists, handoff procedures, barcodes for patients, lockouts for
medications, and so on.   There should be many more.  But until SIDM brought
it to the fore, dx error was entirely unaddressed.

3.      Now that we have finally succeeded in bringing dx error to public
attention, this is not the time to liquidate, abandon, dilute or lose sight
of this prominent, I would say foremost, issue. We must progress beyond the
attention stage to the doing-something-about-it stage. The Coalition members
have signed on to that.

 

Ruth

 

Ruth Ryan RN, BSN, MSW, CPHRM

Medical writer

Risk management/patient safety

Continuing medical education

Telephone (504) 256-8797

Email  <mailto:ruthryan at cox.net> ruthryan at cox.net



 

 

From: robert bell [mailto:rmsbell200 at YAHOO.COM] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 11:52 AM
Subject: Re: Announcing the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis

 

I too agree this is a very fine initiative. It gets things moving.

 

In the article entitled Errors in Medicine: Do Something Now as given was
written in March 2015 and just published I thought that the whole field of
the Errors in Medicine should be addressed and not just the Errors in
Diagnosis as "regular errors" and diagnostic errors were so interrelated. 

 

If the "regular error" infrastructure was faulty then would diagnoses be
faulty? The other thought that I had was with the first planning sessions
that the topics be triaged for importance to patients and ease of
undertaking. 

 

Perhaps the first meeting of the Coalition should decide whether Errors in
Diagnosis be tackled in isolation.

 

The other questions are very good ones and the initial discussions will help
decide the success of the venture.

 

Please let me know if any of you would like an additional copy of the
article.

 

Rob Bell, M.D.

 

On Sep 1, 2015, at 4:38 AM, Jason Maude <Jason.Maude at ISABELHEALTHCARE.COM
<mailto:Jason.Maude at ISABELHEALTHCARE.COM> > wrote:

 

This is great news indeed. Well done!

 

Are there any details/color available on what each of these organisations
plan to do? Will the organisations do anything themselves or will the
efforts solely be directed through the Coalition?

 

Thanks

Jason

 

Jason Maude

Founder and CEO Isabel Healthcare
Tel: +44 1428 644886
Tel: +1 703 879 1890
 <http://www.isabelhealthcare.com/> www.isabelhealthcare.com

 

From: Paul Epner < <mailto:Paul.Epner at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG>
Paul.Epner at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG>
Reply-To: Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine <
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IMPROVEDX at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG>, Paul Epner <
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Date: Thursday, 27 August 2015 04:10
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Subject: [IMPROVEDX] Announcing the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis

 

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
Errors

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  <http://www.dxcoalition.org/>
www.DxCoalition.org to learn more.

 

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.

#  #

 

Very exciting!

 

Paul

 

Paul L. Epner MBA, M.Ed.

 <mailto:Paul.Epner at ImproveDiagnosis.org> Paul.Epner at ImproveDiagnosis.org

847-508-2810

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

 <http://www.improvediagnosis.org/> www.improvediagnosis.org

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