News from the SIDM annual meeting at the Diagnostic Errors in Medicine Conference

David Meyers dm0015 at ICLOUD.COM
Tue Nov 15 19:14:55 UTC 2016

Dear listserv subscribers:

 The 9th annual International Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference took place last week in Los Angeles. It was well-attended and, while official evaluations are still coming in, the general buzz was that it was a very good conference, many calling it the “best ever”!  At the official annual meeting of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), a number of actions were taken and 2 new policies adopted. 

The first relates to transparency in cases of potential financial conflicts of interest. Specifically, we request that anyone submitting comments to the listserv who has any commercial relationship with healthcare products relevant to your message - business ownership, stock ownership or any financial relationship which could give the appearance of a potential conflict - please disclose the relationship at the top of the message.  For example, "I hold a patent on the diagnosis CDS tool named DX-perfection'”. Or "I have a financial interest in XYZ product.”

Second, we believe it is important for SIDM to serve as a source of information about technology to improve diagnosis. So we are introducing a feature on the listserv called “What’s new in health information technology (HIT)?” to provide a forum for innovators, developers and entrepreneurs with ideas for and/or HIT products to improve diagnosis and diagnostic decision-making.  Four times a year we will solicit ideas for this feature and publish on the listserv.

 For our first “What’s new in HIT” listserv event, please submit a description (50 words or less) of the product, app, device, or technology to improve diagnosis to  <LISTSERV at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG <mailto:LISTSERV at>>.  Include a hyperlink if available. Examples include decision support used by clinicians, websites or apps used by patients and everything in between. The main criterion should be its usefulness in improving diagnosis. Please submit for the first Quarterly update by November 30th, and we will post around mid-December, 2016.

 Submissions will be vetted and compiled by Dr Ted Winslow before posting to the Listserv. The items will appear under the subject: “Quarterly Update on Technology and Diagnosis”.  Companies, inventors, researchers are all encouraged to submit their news.  This quarterly summary is purposely created to allow companies to share information.  

We also welcome other non-commercial posts related to your use of HIT or other tools for diagnosis. For example: 

 >how have any of you managed to improve diagnostic processes with health IT - differential diagnosis generators, clinical decision support, computer- or mobile-based checklists, rapid access to APPS or group-derived “best practices”

>what are your biggest obstacles, or what are your biggest “gripes”?  Any information would be helpful.  In this category of Listserv posts, we intend to promote a forum for ideas and informatics science of HIT.  This category should not include commercial product news or links.  Companies are encouraged to submit along with end users and patients, but the post should focus on ideas and challenges not a particular solution.

We want to stimulate a robust discussion on HIT and other ideas to improve the diagnostic process.  We also welcome any other suggestions you have to improve the listserv or achieve our goals. Thanks.


David L Meyers, MD FACEP

Listserv Moderator/Board member

Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

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

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