WASHINGTON† June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Friday, US Senators Chris van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and US representatives. Don Beyer (D-VA), and Kim Schrier (D-WA) has introduced legislation, the Improving Diagnosis in Medicine Act of 2022 (HR8172/S.4468) to focus federal health agencies on addressing the root causes of diagnostic errors† Missed and delayed diagnoses are major patient safety risks that affect more than 12 million Americans each year, more than $100 Billion in waste to the system, and probably do more damage than all the other health care mistakes put together.
The legislation is based on a report from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), Improving diagnosis in healthcare, (https://nap.nationalacademies.org/catalog/21794/improving-diagnosis-in-health-care) discussing the many factors that can derail accurate diagnosis in practice and highlight areas where more research is needed to more reliable systems that better support clinicians and patients in the diagnostic process. To that end, the bill would fund a new program at the Agency for Research and Quality in Healthcare aimed at increasing the capacity of researchers to develop and test solutions to improve diagnostic quality and safety, including a network of Research Centers. of Diagnostic Excellence in academic medical centers and healthcare organizations to promote multidisciplinary collaboration and shorten the pipeline from research to practice.
The bill would also establish an interdepartmental council that would include the NIH, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, the VA, CDC, CMS, and other agencies whose missions touch on key diagnosis-related priorities to find synergies that can propel research and practice. improvement forward. This includes collaboration in collecting and dissecting many types of data needed to take advantage of the power of electronic health 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 differences in diagnostic safety and quality.
Jennie Ward Robinson, Ph.D, CEO of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) praised the legislation. “Diagnostic errors are the most common, the costliest and the most catastrophic of all serious medical errors. Much of the research to date has focused on defining the scope of the problem. This legislation takes us in the direction of identifying solutions to provide clinicians, patients and their families with the tools needed to arrive at the correct diagnosis in a timely manner.It will save lives.We commend Sens. Van Hollen and Lujan, and Representatives Beyer and Schrier for their leadership and willingness to address difficult health care issues that others often overlook. We look forward to the progress of this bill through the legislative process and into law.”
Visit www.ImproveDiagnosis.org to learn more about the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and its efforts to improve diagnostic quality and safety.
About the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)
The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine catalyzes and directs change to improve diagnosis and eliminate damage from diagnostic errors. We work with patients, their families, the healthcare community and all stakeholders. SIDM is the only organization that focuses solely on the problem of diagnostic errors and improving the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis. In 2015, SIDM established the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis to increase awareness and actions to improve diagnosis. Coalition members represent hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and patients – and the leading health organizations and agencies involved in patient care. Together we work on solutions that improve diagnostic safety and quality, reduce damage and ultimately ensure better health outcomes for patients. Visit www.ImproveDiagnosis.org for more information.
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