The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine Praises the Introduction of Groundbreaking Patient Safety Legislation in the U.S. House and Senate

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WASHINGTON, June 29, 2022

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On Friday, U.S. senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and US representatives. Don Beyer (D-VA), and Kim Schrier (D-WA) introduced legislation, the Diagnostic Improvement in Medicine Act of 2022 (HR8172/S.4468) focus federal health agencies on addressing the root causes of misdiagnoses. Missed and delayed diagnoses are major patient safety risks that affect more than 12 million Americans each year, contribute to more than $100 billion in the system and probably cause more harm than all other healthcare errors combined.

The legislation is based on a report by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), Improving diagnostics in healthcare(https://nap.nationalacademies.org/catalog/21794/improving-diagnosis-in-health-care) which discusses the many factors that can derail accurate diagnosis in practice and highlights areas where further research is needed to develop more reliable systems that better support clinicians and patients in the diagnostic process. To this end, the bill would fund a new program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality aimed at increasing the capacity of researchers to develop and test solutions to improve the quality and safety of diagnostics, including a network of research centers of diagnostic excellence in academic medical centers. and healthcare organizations to foster multidisciplinary collaboration and shorten the research-to-practice pipeline.

The bill would also establish an interagency council comprising the NIH, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, the VA, the CDC, the CMS, and other agencies whose missions touch on key diagnostic priorities to find potential synergies. to propel research and practice. forward improvement. This includes collaborating in the collection and analysis of many types of data needed to leverage the power of electronic medical records and HIT systems to improve diagnosis. And it calls on NAM to fill a significant gap in existing research with a study and recommendations to address disparities in diagnostic safety and quality.

Jennie WardRobinson, Ph.D, CEO of the Society to Improve Diagnostics in Medicine (SIDM) praised the legislation. “Misdiagnosis is the most common, costly and catastrophic of serious medical errors. Much of the research to date has focused on defining the scope of the problem. This legislation leads us to identify solutions to equip clinicians, patients and their families with the tools necessary to arrive at the right diagnosis in a timely manner. It will save lives. We congratulate Sens. Van Hollen and Lujan, and Reps. Beyer and Schrier for their leadership and willingness to tackle difficult health issues that others often overlook. We look forward to this bill moving through the legislative process and becoming law. »

To learn more about the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and its efforts to improve the quality and safety of diagnostics, visit www.ImproveDiagnosis.org.

About the Society for the Improvement of Diagnostics in Medicine (SIDM)

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine catalyzes and leads change to improve diagnosis and eliminate the harm caused by misdiagnosis. We work in partnership with patients, their families, the healthcare community and all interested stakeholders. SIDM is the only organization focused solely on the problem of misdiagnosis and improving the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis. In 2015, SIDM created the Coalition for Improved Diagnosis to increase awareness and actions that improve diagnosis. Coalition members represent hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and patients, as well as major healthcare organizations and agencies involved in patient care. Together, we work to find solutions that improve the safety and quality of diagnostics, reduce harm, and ultimately ensure better health outcomes for patients. Visit www.ImproveDiagnosis.org to learn more.

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