Live Event Webcast: 40+ Organizations Launch Unprecedented Effort to Improve Diagnosis

Amanda Staller Amanda.Staller at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG
Tue Sep 11 17:11:00 UTC 2018

Every nine minutes, someone in a U.S. hospital dies due to a medical diagnosis that was inaccurate or delayed
Researchers estimate that up to 80,000 deaths a year in U.S. hospitals can be attributed to inaccurate or delayed diagnoses-about the same number of people who die annually from breast cancer or diabetes. In response, a coalition of more than 40 of the nation's leading healthcare and patient advocacy organizations will launch ACT for Better DiagnosisTM-an initiative to take immediate action to improve diagnostic accuracy. The coalition of groups, organized by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), aims to identify and spread practical steps that everyone-patients, clinicians, health systems and others-can take to better ensure that the complex science of diagnosis is Accurate, Communicated and Timely.

Experts will discuss obstacles that impede diagnostic accuracy and timeliness, and share practical options for improving diagnosis.


  *   Paul Epner, MBA, MEd- Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (CEO and Co-Founder)
  *   Gopal Khanna, MBA- Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (Director)
  *   Michael Night- Parent sharing personal experience, Winter Park, Fla.


  *   P. Jeffrey Brady, MD, MPH- Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (Director, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety)
  *   Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, FACP- Council of Medical Specialty Societies (Executive Vice President and CEO)
  *   Amy Friedrich-Karnik, MPP- WomenHeart (Director, Public Policy)
  *   David Mayer, MD- MedStar Health (Vice President, Quality and Safety)
  *   Reynolds Salerno, PhD-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Director, Division of Laboratory Systems)
  *   Lisa Sanders, MD, FACP-Author of New York Times Magazine column "Diagnosis", which inspired a new Netflix documentary series; Yale School of Medicine (Associate Professor of Medicine)

Thursday, Sept. 13; 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. ET

The event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC will be streamed live via webcast.

To join via webcast, register here<file://FS/data/currentclients/Client%20Finals/Coalition%20to%20Improve%20Diagnosis/Campaign%20Launch%20Activities/Event%20Invite/Register%20here>.
To reserve a seat at the DC event, please contact Melissa McGue, MMcGue at<mailto:MMcGue at> or 202-868-4814.

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About ACT for Better DiagnosisTM
ACT for Better Diagnosis, an initiative of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, includes many of the nation's leading healthcare and patient organizations collaborating as part of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis. Together, the groups are working to improve the diagnostic process, educating healthcare leaders, patients and policymakers on the impact of missed or erroneous diagnoses and advocating for more research funding. The initiative is made possible with support from the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and The Mont Fund.

About the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)
The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine catalyzes and leads change to improve diagnosis and eliminate harm from diagnostic error. We work in partnership with patients, their families, the healthcare community and every interested stakeholder. SIDM is the only organization focused solely on the problem of diagnostic error and improving the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis. In 2015, SIDM established the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, to increase awareness and actions that improve diagnosis. Members of the coalition represent hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and patients-and the leading health organizations and government agencies involved in patient care. Together, we work to find solutions that enhance diagnostic safety and quality, reduce harm, and ultimately, ensure better health outcomes for patients. Visit<> to learn more.

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

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