SIDM 2017 Annual Report

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Table of Contents: A Message from SIDM Leadership................................... 4 Strategic Priorities.............................................................. 5 Mobilized through Partnership – Coalition to Improve Diagnosis.......................................... 6 Financial Overview............................................................. 16 Funders & Supporters.................................................. 16–17 Governance.......................................................................... 18 Action in 2018...................................................................... 19


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“ We need physicians, patients, other healthcare team members and leaders in hospitals and health systems to COLLECTIVELY make addressing the problem of diagnostic error a priority.�

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Mobilized for Action

FRIENDS – The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) formed six years ago with a clear focus: to create a world where no patients are harmed by diagnostic error. Yet improving diagnosis in medicine is an incredibly complex task and requires the active participation of the entire healthcare industry. We need physicians, patients, other healthcare team members and leaders in hospitals and health systems to collectively make addressing the problem of diagnostic error a priority. Through a wide range of activities and our very successful Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, we have increasingly brought together leaders throughout healthcare who have the expertise, insights and networks to help move the needle on the issue of diagnostic error. As you will see in this year’s report, Mobilized for Action, there is an everincreasing amount of interest and work being done to assess the problem and develop potential interventions to support those on the front lines of the diagnostic process. We’ve dedicated this past year to planning and setting our key strategic priorities. In doing so, we’ve set the stage for what will be a year of action and impact in 2018. We’ve brought together the players. We’ve asked the key questions. We are evaluating and developing tools to support educators, clinicians and patients. We’ve sparked interest. The partners are eager to engage. And now, we are ready to act. Thanks to the generous support of our funders, guided by a dedicated Board of Directors and Committee members, and led by a capable staff, we feel privileged to be part of this movement. In the pages that follow you will see how we’ve moved our strategic priorities forward. We are proud of SIDM’s many accomplishments over the last year and look forward to working with you to support system leaders, clinicians, patients and others in their efforts to ensure accurate and timely diagnoses.

Mark Graber, M.D., F.A.C.P., President


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Paul Epner, M.B.A., M.Ed., Executive Vice President

Vision Creating a world where no patients are harmed by diagnostic error.

Mission SIDM catalyzes and leads change to improve diagnosis and eliminate harm, in partnership with patients, their families, the healthcare community and every interested stakeholder.

Strategic Priorities Make improving diagnosis a strategic priority for healthcare. Advance research on diagnostic accuracy and error that will lead to reduced harms. Transform professional medical education to improve diagnosis and develop new leaders in diagnostic safety and quality.

Improve diagnostic performance in current clinical practice by engaging patients, clinicians, and the healthcare system. Engage and integrate patients and their families in all diagnostic improvement efforts to achieve outcomes that matter to patients.

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Mobilized with Strategic Partners SIDM’s Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, is comprised of 35 of the most prestigious organizations in the medical and patient community. The Coalition is a pivotal part of SIDM’s work to reduce diagnostic errors and increase awareness of the urgent need to advance solutions. Members of the Coalition connect SIDM to hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and patients and the leading health organizations and federal agencies involved in patient care. All Coalition members have committed to help improve diagnosis through the collective actions of the Coalition, as well as through opportunities in their own member organizations. Throughout this report we highlight a few examples of the many activities in which they are engaged to improve diagnostic timeliness and accuracy. This past year we worked closely with the Coalition members to better understand how they can best be mobilized to increase awareness of the issues and seed action toward measurable improvements. Through a series of interviews and planning meetings over several months, the Coalition developed a concrete action plan for the coming months. The process helped ensure that Coalition members will remain engaged in SIDM’s work going forward, and resulted in operational improvements in how the Coalition and SIDM relate to one another.

Membership in the Coalition is constantly increasing. Current members are:

• ABIM Foundation • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine • American Academy of Family Physicians • American Academy of Pediatrics • American Association of Nurse Practitioners • American Board of Internal Medicine • American Board of Medical Specialties • American College of Emergency Physicians • American College of Physicians • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management • Association of American Medical Colleges • Association of Clinical Scientists • Consumers Advancing Patient Safety • Institute for Healthcare Improvement • Intermountain Healthcare • Johns Hopkins Medicine • Kaiser Permanente • The Leapfrog Group • Maryland Patient Safety Center • Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors

• MedStar Health • Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners • National Partnership for Women and Families • National Patient Safety Foundation • National Quality Forum • Penn State Health (Hershey Medical Center) • Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority • Society of Critical Care Medicine • Society of Hospital Medicine • Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine Also supporting the Coalition and its members are government partners:


will reduce costs from inappropriate testing, wrong treatments, and malpractice lawsuits, potentially saving as much as $100 billion per year annually. 6

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• Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services • Veterans Health Administration

We aim to empower stakeholders from all points of the healthcare continuum to begin taking actions that will improve diagnosis. We understand that improving diagnosis will not happen overnight. The complexity of diagnostic error and the multi-sectoral approaches needed to improve accuracy will require disciplined and sustained work in the coming years, with a deep engagement of diverse stakeholders. With that in mind, we’ve made efforts this past year to ensure that our Coalition to Improve Diagnosis is built to last for the long haul. Even though the scope of the problem is known by experts, more must be done to ensure that healthcare leaders, clinicians, policymakers and consumers are aware of the urgent need to make improving diagnosis a priority. At the same time, Coalition members must help identify concrete steps that will better protect patients.

That’s why we’ve focused Coalition efforts on two primary goals for 2018:

• Launching a program that leads to broad engagement in diagnostic quality improvement efforts • Building awareness of the impact of inaccurate or delayed medical diagnoses; and • Identifying specific actions that different sectors could take to reduce harm from inaccurate or delayed diagnosis.

• Advocating with Congress for increased funding for diagnostic quality research Taken together, we aim to raise the profile of this issue, underscore the need to make it a priority, and empower stakeholders from all points of the healthcare continuum to begin taking actions that will improve diagnosis.

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Mobilized to Make Improving Diagnosis a Priority

• Our 9th annual conference, From IOM to Action, had nearly 300 attendees examining how to advance the recommendations of the seminal Institute of Medicine (now National Academies) Improving Diagnosis in Health Care report, a report initiated and largely funded by SIDM’s efforts. The conference focused on advancements in education, research, technology, patient engagement and risk management.

• SIDM leadership and Coalition to Improve Diagnosis members were out in full force for the July meeting of the National Academies to discuss what can be done to further progress on addressing diagnostic error. The 2015 report contained eight major goals and recommendations. Although none have been fully met or implemented, the meeting highlighted the substantial progress that’s been made. SIDM leadership provided examples of accomplishments to date, featuring the contributions made by SIDM and our partners.

• We circled the globe to showcase the issue of diagnostic error internationally. The first Australasian Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference in Melbourne, Australia had 220 delegates from seven countries in attendance.

1st Australasian Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference in Melbourne, Australia. 220 delegates from 7 countries


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• ImproveDx™, SIDM’s bi-monthly newsletter, achieved

9th Annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference — 298 Attendees

major milestones in the past year. We surpassed 2,000 subscribers and began offering special issues focused on emerging topics in diagnostic safety. We also began showcasing the important work of our Coalition partners in every issue. Our first special issue focused on Medical Education.

• DIAGNOSIS, edited by SIDM Founder Mark Graber and Dr. Mario Plebani, is the only peer-reviewed journal focused on the diagnostic process and the causes of diagnostic error, and now is the official journal of SIDM and available to SIDM donors. In only its fourth year, it is considered a reliable source of cutting-edge research in the field.

• Coalition partner, The Leapfrog Group, held a Town Hall call for its members – business coalitions on health, consumer groups, and employers and other healthcare purchasers – about monitoring diagnostic errors and improving diagnostic safety.

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Mobilized to Advance Research • SIDM continues to educate policymakers about gaps in funding for research into the diagnostic process. SIDM is urging policymakers to consider: 1. D edicated funding for a network of Centers of Diagnostic Excellence (CODEs) that would be based at academic centers and include partners key to translating and implementing research findings; and 2. A cross-agency task force to identify key opportunities for U.S. healthcare agencies to coordinate and fund efforts to tackle diagnostic error through means consistent with their missions.


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• With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, SIDM is working to address gaps in data that will allow for better guided efforts to improve diagnosis. Phase one of the project funds an assessment of opportunities for a diagnostic data platform examining how clinical data should be collected; how it should be structured and treated; and the form in which the data should be provided to those interested in improving the quality of the diagnostic process.

• SIDM worked hard to educate policymakers about the importance of diagnostic safety and quality. Those efforts resulted in language in the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill directing AHRQ to lead the development of a coordinated, multi-agency agenda for research to improve diagnosis, a key recommendation of the 2015 National Academies report.

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• Coalition partner, the American College of Emergency Physicians, is including practice patterns related to improving diagnosis in its Clinical Emergency Data Registry.

• Coalition partner, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has established the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence to catalyze improvement efforts, develop the science of diagnostic safety and enhance research in diagnosis.

SIDM continues to educate policymakers about gaps in funding for research into the diagnostic process. SIDM Annual Report 2017


Mobilized to Transform Professional Medical Education • With funding from the ABIM Foundation, SIDM is producing videos in support of its Assessment of Reasoning Tool to teach faculty how to use the tool and engage in conversations around diagnostic and clinical reasoning with their trainees.

• MedU and SIDM have developed a FREE virtual course that contains foundational content about diagnosis, including factors that contribute to error and strategies that can be used to avoid error. The course introduces medical students to the cognitive processes and system-related issues that can lead to errors.

“MedU and SIDM have developed a FREE virtual course that contains foundational content about diagnosis”

• With support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, SIDM is developing an inter-professional consensus curriculum on diagnosis and diagnostic error. Workto-date has included a systematic literature review resulting in hundreds of relevant articles on medical education and diagnosis or clinical reasoning and competencies. Based on the research review, and the work of three workgroups, a Consensus Committee will help identify the competencies needed to improve diagnostic performance, and eventually endorse them for adoption in education and training.

• Coalition partner, the American Board of Medical Specialties conducted a webinar for their 24-member boards who are responsible for certifying physician specialists practicing in the United States. The webinar, The Challenge of Improving Diagnostic Competency, described opportunities to improve the way clinical reasoning is being taught and how programs for maintaining certification can support and strengthen diagnostic skill among physicians.

SIDM’s Clinical Reasoning Toolkit is among the most popular tools on the SIDM website, viewed more than 17,000 times this year.

• Now in its second year, the SIDM Diagnostic Fellowship program supports emerging leaders in research and education around the diagnostic process.

Diagnostic errors affect ONE IN 20 PATIENTS or 12 MILLION AMERICANS annually. 12

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2017 FELLOWS Thilan Wijesekera, MD

Paul Bergl, MD Critical Care Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin Project: Investigating the role and impact of potentially preventable diagnostic errors in admissions to critical care units.

Clinical Instructor and Fellow in Medical Education, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine Project: Interested in designing and implementing diagnostic educational curricula.

Najlla Nassery, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Project: Using large databases to develop measures for diagnostic safety, quality and efficiency.

“The SIDM fellowship has provided me with essential mentorship from top names in the field with great impact on my research career.”

—Janice Kwan, MD

2016 FELLOWS Janice Kwan, MD, MPH Graduate of the University of Toronto (MD), Harvard (MPH), and the VA Quality Scholar program (2013). Project: • Identifying and analyzing cases of diagnostic error reported through the database maintained by the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

• Evaluating interventions to improve test result

Ava Liberman, MD, MA Graduate of State University of New York Downstate, has completed a Neurology residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a Vascular Neurology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Project: Focused on developing an intervention that improves the timeliness and accuracy of stroke diagnosis in the ED.

communication and management. Benji Mathews, MD, FACP Graduate of the University of Minnesota, certified by the American College of Chest Physicians in ultrasonography, Project: Evaluating the impact of this technology on diagnostic accuracy and efficiency. SIDM Annual Report 2017


Mobilized to Engage Clinicians and the Healthcare System • SIDM and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), with a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, will identify six healthcare organizations to join a six-month collaborative during which they will learn quality improvement skills and test one or more interventions to reduce diagnostic error. SIDM and IHI will work with the six clinical teams to harvest the learning and to consider what’s applicable to broader clinical settings.

• SIDM and Coalition partner, Johns Hopkins Medicine, with a grant from Siemens Healthcare USA, are assessing the cost effectiveness of emergency department practices in diagnosis of acute stroke patients presenting with dizziness or vertigo.

• SIDM leadership contributed valuable expertise to a National Quality Forum initiative commissioned by the federal government to identify a framework for measurement, as well as promising concepts for quality measures, that could support increased diagnostic safety and accuracy. Mark Graber served as co-chair of the initiative. 14

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• Coalition partner, Intermountain Healthcare, has offered an online educational module for all providers in their system highlighting the importance of diagnostic quality and recruiting their participation in improvement efforts.

• Coalition partner, Kaiser Permanente, has implemented KP SureNet, a systematic surveillance program designed to improve diagnosis and reduce harm.

• Coalition partner, the American College of Physicians, in collaboration with SIDM, has developed educational modules to introduce practicing clinicians to the diagnostic process and the concepts of diagnostic error. Through educational cases, physicians will explore examples of diagnostic errors that can occur in many different settings, due to many different causes.

Mobilized to Integrate Patients and Their Families in Diagnostic Improvement • SIDM held a day-long Patient Summit as part of its Annual Conference. Many of the 74 people who attended experienced delayed or wrong diagnoses with devastating and life-changing consequences for themselves or family members. All were eager to share thoughts about what went wrong and what could have prevented or avoided those outcomes. In almost every case, communication, or lack thereof, among clinicians, patients and providers played an important role in the harms the patients suffered.

• SIDM received an award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to establish a cadre of Patient Partners to participate in the design, execution and dissemination of research on diagnosis. SIDM, along with Project Patient Care and Coalition partner, MedStar Health, will mentor and train Patient Partners to be ready to collaborate in diagnostic research and promote Patient Partners to active researchers in diagnosis.

• SIDM continues to collect and curate patient and family stories that illustrate the impact of diagnostic errors/diagnostic journeys, and the factors that contribute to them. Telling the stories of real people brings the problem to life and supports our awareness and advocacy efforts.

SIDM’s patient safety toolkit has been accessed more than 1,000 times on the website. • SIDM has worked throughout the year to ensure patient representation on committees related to improving the diagnostic process, including the National Quality Forum Diagnostic Accuracy Framework Committee and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee.

• Coalition partner, the Veterans Health Administration, established a policy directive that creates national VA policy regarding the communication of test results to providers and patients. All VA facilities are implementing recommended practices to follow the national VA policy of communicating results.

1 in 10 Medical Diagnoses are

INCORRECT With 10,000 known diseases any one symptom may have hundreds of possible explanations.

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$ 705,934

$ 2,001,908

Individual Giving


$ 630,575

$ 962,270

Organizational Giving $ 32,500

$ 57,500


$ 75,359

$ 1,039,638

Grants & Foundations $ 401,862

$ 1,611,000

Unrestricted Assets

$ 438,706



$ 249,714

Restricted Assets

$ 303,629

$ 1,464,895

Total Assets

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$ 1,784,011

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$ 228,770


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Sources of Revenue 2,000,000

FY2016 $1,611,000




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Thanks to Our Funders and Supporters SIDM has seen increased support on many efforts to engage patients, address research gaps and develop tools for clinicians and others to improve diagnosis. The accomplishments of the past year would not have been possible without the support of dedicated funders and contributors. SIDM needs consistent and programmatic funding to turn mobilization into action, and we look forward to continuing to work with these organizations and others in our effort to eliminate harm from diagnostic errors. We hope you will consider being part of SIDM’s efforts to reduce harm to patients caused by inaccurate or delayed diagnoses. 16

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FUNDERS ABIM Foundation Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality The Doctors Company Foundation Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation The Mont Fund National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Siemens Healthcare USA

SUPPORTERS CORPORATE Gold Abbott Laboratories Best Doctors Silver Constellation Isabel Healthcare Medical Interactive Community VisualDx Bronze Coverys CRICO Genalyte ProAssurance Sysmex Member COPIC Insurance Company Press Ganey Associates INSTITUTIONAL Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center The Permanente Federation, Kaiser Permanente

DONORS SUSTAINER ($1,000+) Carmel Crock Paul Epner Mark Graber Patience Humphrey Mont Fund Timothy Mosher David Newman-Toker Art Papier Renate and Jack Schuler Susan Sheridan BENEFACTOR ($500-$999) Mark Gusack SUPPPORTER ($250-$499) Nina Birnbaum Christine Goeschel Bruce Goldman Michael Grossman Valerie Lang Stephen Martin David Meyers Ruth Ryan Paul Tibbits Jack Rubenstein

Eleanor Travers Robert Trowbridge Jim Wofford MEMBER ($100-$249) Donald Aaronson Jawaid Akhtar Charles Albrecht Lorenzo Alonso Dipti Amin Hussam Ammar Geri Amori Heather Annolino Margaret Aranda Alasdair Arthur Richard Beck Paul Bergl David Birks Kirsten Bond Jeff Bray Jeff Brown Adriane Budavari Harry Burke Maureen Cahill Heather Cain Geoff Caplea Hijinio Carreon Robert Centor Laura Chapman Alan Chun Christina Cifra Maureen Clark Elizabeth Cohen Keel Coleman James Collins Michael Coppolino Karen Cosby Clifford Craig Kim Danforth Kelly Davis Rich Davis Sharon Davis Richard Day Gurpreet Dhaliwal Laurie Drill-Mellum Al Duke Peggy Duwa Marian Dwyer Martine Ehrenclou Robert El-Kareh Gray Ellrodt John Ely Jonathan Fliegel William Follansbee Paul Foster James Fox Ethan Fried Philippe Gailloud

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Euro Dem2018 Conference Planning

Mark L. Graber, MD, FACP, President Dr. Graber is Senior Fellow at RTI International and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Chair: Wolf Hautz Co-Chair: Laura Zwaan

David E. Newman-Toker MD, PhD, President-Elect Dr. Newman-Toker is Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology, & Otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as Director of Department of Neurology and Director of the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence. Ruth Ryan RN, BSN, MSW, Secretary Ruth Ryan is a consulting medical writer and editor after a career working in a variety of Quality Management and Performance Improvement roles. Edward Hoffer, MD, Treasurer Dr. Edward Hoffer is Associate Professor of Medicine, part-time, at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Director of the Mass General Hospital Laboratory of Computer Science.

Committee Members: M.J. (Maarten) ten Berg, Paul Epner, Juliane Kämmer, Jason Maude, David Schwappach

Education Co-Chairs: Gurpreet Dhaliwal, Andrew Olson Committee Members: Paul Bergl, John Brush, Maureen Clark, Karen Cosby, William Follansbee, Ethan Fried, Mark Graber, James Hanley, Harry Hoar, Sandra Howell, Karnjit Johl, David Katz, Carl Keldie, Diane Levine, Reza Manesh, Steve Martin, Benji Mathews, Jim Meisel, Alexa Miller, David NewmanToker, Frank Papa, Lucia Ponor, Jim Reilly, Joe Rencic, Jack Rubenstein, Emily Ruedinger, Lisa Sanders, Bill Seiden, Jasna Sesarinac, Geeta Singhal, Satid Thammasitboon, Robert Trowbridge, Jim Wofford, Elham Yousef

Patient Engagement Chair: Helen Haskell Co-Chair: Peggy Zuckerman

Timothy J. Mosher, MD Dr. Mosher is the Kenneth L. Miller Chair of Radiology and Distinguished Professor of Radiology and Orthopedic Surgery at the Penn State University College of Medicine.

Committee Members: Io Dolka, Helene Epstein, Traber Giardina, Barb Jones, Meredith Masel, Kathy McDonald, David Meyers, Velma Payne, Sue Sheridan

David L Meyers, MD, FACEP Dr. Meyers is an emergency physician and former Chair of Emergency Medicine at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.

Chair: David Newman-Toker Co-Chair: Leslie Tucker

Art Papier, MD Dr. Papier is CEO of VisualDx. Dr. Papier is also Associate Professor in Dermatology and Medical Informatics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Susan Sheridan, MBA, MIM, DHL Sue Sheridan is currently the Patient and Family Engagement Adviser at CMS, CCSQ, QIIG where she is helping integrate the Person and Family Engagement Strategy throughout the CMS community. Dana Siegal RN, CPHRM, CPPS Dana Siegal is the Director of Patient Safety for RMF Strategies, a division of The Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions. Paul L. Epner, MBA, MEd (Ex-officio), Executive Vice President Paul L. Epner is the Executive Vice President and co-founder of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM).

COMMITTEES AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS DEM International Conference Planning Chair: Bob Trowbridge Co-Chair: Dana Siegal Committee Members: Sharon Cusanza, Paul Epner, Robert El-Kareh, Penny Greenberg, Janice Kwan, Ashley Meyer, Ruth Ryan, William Strull, Peggy Zuckerman, Laura Zwaan


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Policy Committee Members: Robert Berenson, Helen Burstin, Melissa Danforth, Helen Haskell, Tom Granatir, Allen Kachalia, Kathy McDonald, Divyah Parikh, Scott Reber, Kristin Reek, Suzanne Resnick, Sue Sheridan, Mike Stinson, Divvy Upadhyay, Elham Yousef

Practice Improvement Co-Chairs: Michael Kanter, Karen Zimmer Committee Members: Willie Barnes, Beau Bruce, Maureen Cahill, Robert El-Kareh, Lewis Holmes, Tim Mosher, David NewmanToker, Doug Salvador, Gordy Schiff, Dana Siegal

Research Chair: Laura Zwaan Co-Chair: Robert El-Kareh Committee Members: Beau Bruce, Michael Bruno, Tina Cifra, John Ely, Tim Hofer, Janice Kwan, Ava Liberman, Kathy McDonald, Ashley Meyers, David Newman-Toker, Najilla Nassery, Gordy Schiff, Dana Siegal, Divvy Upadhyay

STAFF Paul L. Epner MBA, MEd, Executive Vice President Elizabeth Cohen, MPH Operations Manager Daniel Persky, Project Manager Diana Rusz, MPH, Research Associate Cathy Peterson, Global Head of Innovation Lorie Slass, Marketing and Communications Director Cori Smith, Administrator Leslie Tucker, Senior Policy Advisor Susan Carr, ImproveDX™ Newsletter

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