According to a landmark 2015 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, diagnostic errors are among the top 10 causes of death nationally, accounting for nearly 40,000 to 80,000 deaths per year. An estimated 12 million Americans will experience a diagnostic error in outpatient care annually and another 250,000 will be harmed by a diagnostic error as a hospital inpatient.
As part of our Diagnostic Excellence Initiative, which aims to strengthen accountability for diagnostic excellence by helping to develop and validate new measures for diagnostic performance, the Moore Foundation partnered with The Leapfrog Group and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine to develop a new national project to publicly report and recognize hospitals for preventing patient harm due to diagnostic errors. The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on patient safety and quality, announced the project – Recognizing Excellence in Diagnosis – which was developed in collaboration with SIDM and other key experts.
“This new Leapfrog program will provide a significant step forward in defining diagnostic excellence and has the potential to make a real difference in tackling the difficult challenge of reducing diagnostic harm,” said Karen Cosby, MD, program officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. “We are pleased to support this exciting endeavor.”
With guidance from advisors, the project will identify best practices in diagnosis and put together a roadmap for hospitals and health systems to achieve excellence.