New coalition aims to improve US medical diagnoses quality

17 September 2018 (Last Updated September 17th, 2018 12:41)

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) in the US has initiated a new coalition to improve the accuracy and timeliness of medical diagnoses in the country.

New coalition aims to improve US medical diagnoses quality
The ACT for Better Diagnosis coalition aims to improve medical diagnoses in US hospitals. Credit: Martin Brosy on Unsplash.

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) in the US has initiated a new coalition to improve the accuracy and timeliness of medical diagnoses in the country.

Dubbed ACT for Better Diagnosis, the coalition comprises more than 40 healthcare and patient advocacy organisations including Geisinger, Intermountain Healthcare, Johns Hopkins Medicine and American College of Physicians.

Intended to enhance quality, the initiative will focus on devising practical measures for better diagnostic processes in hospitals.

“The participating organisations have identified multiple factors that affect diagnostic accuracies such as communication during care transitions, limited time or support and complicated approaches.”

It is estimated that nearly 80,000 deaths per year occur due to inaccurate or delayed medical diagnoses in hospitals across the country.

SIDM CEO and co-founder Paul Epner said: “Nearly everyone will receive an inaccurate diagnosis at some point in their life and for some, the consequences will be grave.

“Major improvement is needed to systematically identify how to improve diagnostic quality and reduce harm to patients.”

The participating organisations have identified multiple factors that affect diagnostic accuracies such as communication during care transitions, limited time or support and complicated approaches.

SIDM said that the coalition is working to offer a variety of techniques in order to address such initial obstacles and improve the accuracy and timeliness of diagnoses.

Physicians will be provided with online tools to assist in avoiding diagnostic challenges. Tools for improving medical education for new practitioners and to support patients will also be made available.

The members will additionally create tools to facilitate easy communication of test results between doctors, patients and caregivers.

SIDM added that the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act recommended public-private alliances and the building of centres of excellence to drive research in improving diagnostic quality and safety.