ACT for Better Diagnosis:  EVERY 9 MINUTES…someone in a U.S. hospital dies due to a medical diagnosis that was inaccurate or delayed. ACT for Better Diagnosis is an initiative of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and supported by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and The Mont Fund.The goal is to improve the diagnostic process by identifying and spreading practical steps that everyone throughout the healthcare system can take—from patients and physicians to laboratory scientists and health system leaders. By working together, the Accuracy, Communication, and Timeliness of diagnosis can be improved.

What ACTion are you taking?

In 2017, clinical laboratories in the U.S. conducted 13.8 billion tests. Clinical laboratory tests play a critical role in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating a broad range of conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and infectious diseases.  If you are a patient, use Lab Tests Online to gain a better understanding of your tests and results; and help you guide a discussion with your healthcare provider. If you are a healthcare professional, this site can serve as a quick resource for keeping up with advances in laboratory medicine.

Learn about more resources through the Act for a Better Diagnosis initiative and visit the SIDM resources page for information that will assist members of the clinical team, medical educators, researchers, and patients.

Upcoming Event


WHAT: Inaccurate or delayed diagnoses are the most catastrophic and costly of medical errors and will affect most of us in our lifetime. The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) will release new research quantifying the magnitude of the issue and pinpoint the specific disease categories in which inaccurate or delayed diagnoses are most likely to occur. The research will be released online in the peer-reviewed journal, Diagnosis.

The findings suggest potential areas of focus for future research and interventions at a time when the federal government is taking inaccurate and delayed diagnosis seriously. In fact, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has made the reduction of diagnostic errors one of its three strategic priorities.

Experts will offer insights on what can be done to reduce the impact and highlight Congress’ role in reducing the physical and financial toll that inaccurate and delayed diagnoses take on Americans.

WHO (in alphabetical order):

  • Helen Burstin, MD, MPH – Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Council of Medical Specialty Societies • Diana Cejas, MD, MPH – Patient sharing personal experience, Durham, NC
  • Paul Epner, MBA, MEd – Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, SIDM
  • Thomas Heymann, MBA – President and Executive Director, Sepsis Alliance
  • David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD – Professor of Neurology and Director of Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality’s Center for Diagnostic Excellence

View the recorded webcast from July 11, 2019.


About The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) catalyzes and leads change to improve diagnosis and eliminate harm from diagnostic error.  The organization works 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.

The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, formed and led by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, increases 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, all work to find solutions that enhance diagnostic safety and quality, reduce harm, and ultimately, ensure better health outcomes for patients. AACC is a proud member of the Coalition View the list of Coalition members.

This article waslast modified on July 11, 2019.