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The latest news from HMD, including information about new reports, activities, meetings, and other noteworthy events.


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Press Release: Urgent Change Needed to Improve Diagnosis in Health Care or Diagnostic Errors Will Likely Worsen, Says New Report
Released: 9/22/2015

Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error -- an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis -- in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Report at a Glance

  • Figures (HTML)
  • Report in Brief (PDF)
  • List of Recommendations (PDF)
  • Resources for Improving Communication (PDF)
  • Resources for Improving Communication (Spanish) (PDF)
  • Cover Image and Citation Slide (HTML)
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Health Care Wait Times Vary Greatly Throughout U.S.; New IOM Report Calls for Putting Patients and Families First Using Approaches Applied Successfully in Other Sectors
Released: 6/29/2015

Tremendous variability in wait times for health care appointments exists throughout the U.S., ranging from same day service to several months, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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  • Report Brief (PDF)
  • Key-Findings-Recommendations (PDF)
  • Key Principles (PDF)
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Fifteen ‘Vital Signs’ for Assessing and Monitoring Progress of the Nation’s Health Identified in New IOM Report
Released: 4/28/2015

A new report from the Institute of Medicine presents 15 “vital signs” or core measures for tracking progress toward improved health and health care in the U.S.

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  • Report Brief (PDF)
  • Infographic (HTML)
  • Infographic- Print Version (PDF)
  • Recommendations (PDF)
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New IOM Report Provides Guidance for Improving Resilience of DHS Work Force
Released: 9/12/2013

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security should develop and promote a unified strategy and common vision to build and sustain work-force readiness and resilience across the entire agency, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

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U.S. Faces Crisis in Cancer Care Because of Aging Population, Rising Costs, Complexity of Care, Says New Report; Shift Needed Toward Patient-Centered, Evidence-Based Care
Released: 9/10/2013

Delivery of cancer care in the U.S. is facing a crisis stemming from a combination of factors - a growing demand for such care, a shrinking oncology work force, rising costs of cancer care, and the complexity of the disease and its treatment, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

Report at a Glance

  • Briefing Slides (PDF)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Questions for Patients with Cancer to Ask Their Care Team (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Videos (HTML)
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Transformation of Health System Needed to Improve Care and Reduce Costs
Released: 9/6/2012

America's health care system has become too complex and costly to continue business as usual, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Inefficiencies, an overwhelming amount of data, and other economic and quality barriers hinder progress in improving health and threaten the nation's economic stability and global competitiveness, the report says.

Report at a Glance

  • Briefing Slides (PDF)
  • Infographic (PNG, HTML)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Recommendations (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Sector Briefs (HTML)
  • Table: Characteristics of a Continuously Learning Health Care System (HTML)
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IOM Report Provides Framework and Tools to Deliver Health Care Effectively During Catastrophic Disasters
Released: 3/21/2012

While most areas of the country have systems in place to handle conventional disasters, such as a plane crash or building collapse, the infrastructure and systems to deliver health care during or following catastrophic situations, such as a widespread disease outbreak or a devastating earthquake, are rudimentary at best, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The report provides a resource manual to guide health care organizations, public health agencies, first responder teams, and government agencies in delivering care as effectively as possible to the greatest number of people when such disasters occur.

Report at a Glance

  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Public Engagement: Downloadable PowerPoint Briefing Slides (HTML)
  • Public Engagement: Guidebook For Table Facilitators and Note Takers (DOC)
  • Public Engagement: Lead Facilitator Guidebook (DOCX)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Public Engagement: Sponsor Guidebook (DOCX)
  • Template 5.1 - State and Local Core Functions for CSC Plan Development (PDF)
  • Template 5.2 - State and Local Core Functions for Implementing CSC Plans (PDF)
  • Template 6.1 - EMS Core Functions CSC Plan Development (PDF)
  • Template 6.2 - EMS Core Functions for Implementing CSC Plans (PDF)
  • Template 7.1 - Hospital Facilities and Providers Core Functions (PDF)
  • Template 8.1 - Out-of-Hospital and Alternate Care Systems Core Functions (PDF)
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To Improve Patient Safety, Health Information Technology Needs Better Oversight, Accountability
Released: 11/8/2011

To protect Americans from potential medical errors associated with the use of information technology in patient care, a new report by the Institute of Medicine calls for greater oversight by the public and private sectors. The report examines a broad range of health information technologies, including electronic health records, secure patient portals, and health information exchanges, but not software for medical devices.

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IOM Elects 65 New Members, Five Foreign Associates
Released: 10/17/2011

The IOM announced the names of 65 new members and five foreign associates on October 17 in conjunction with its 41st annual meeting. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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Experts Explore Digital Technologies' Potential to Improve Health Care
Released: 5/23/2011

Digital technology is transforming many arenas, including health care. The new proceedings of a series of workshops held by the IOM in 2010 presents the insights and perspectives of a range of experts on what is necessary to enable health care professionals and organizations to harness the full potential of new digital technologies to increase efficiency and generate and apply knowledge to real-time care decisions.

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