Please help us by sharing your solutions to reduce diagnostic errors!

Fri Jun 30 13:32:20 UTC 2017

The Practice Improvement Committee of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) has been working to identify and prioritize evidence-based and promising solutions to share.  We are particularly looking now for unpublished solutions that you have implemented, preferably with some data to support their effectiveness in two areas: 1) The Referral Process and 2) Incidental Radiographic Findings

  1.  Referral Process:  If you have implemented improvements to the referral process, in particular, a tracking system for patients referred to specialty providers or standardized referral templates and policies describing roles and responsibilities for providers referring patients and receiving referrals, please send us an email describing your solution and the impact you have measured.

  1.  Incidental Radiographic Findings: We are looking for efforts that address the communication and follow-up of INCIDENTIAL FINDINGS that are noted in RADIOLOGY studies. While lung nodules are likely the most common, we are interested in system and process solutions that address any incidental (not related to the intended reason for the study) finding in radiology studies / reports. E.g. Who notes them....who "owns" them..... what is the process for communicating to the ordering provider or the patient... how do we ensure that there is an action plan and follow-up?

If you have an initiative to share or other information related to these topics please contact the committee chairs as noted below.

Doug Salvador MD MPH - doug.salvadorMD at<mailto:doug.salvadorMD at>
Chair- Referrals Subcommittee of the SIDM Practice Improvement Committee

Dana Siegel  - DSiegal at<mailto:DSiegal at>
Chair - Incidental Findings Subcommittee of the SDM Practice Improvement Committee

Thank you for contributing to the effort to bring forward effective solutions.

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

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