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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.

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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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IOM Report Recommends Evaluation and Validation Process to Prevent Problems Associated With Turning 'Omics' Research Into Clinical Tests
Released: 3/23/2012

Genomics, proteomics, and other branches of molecular bioscience offer the prospect of greater precision in medical care, but some clinical tests based on "omics" research have proved invalid and highlighted the challenges of dealing with complex data. To enhance the translation of omics-based discoveries to clinical use, a new report by the Institute of Medicine recommends a detailed process to evaluate whether the data and computational steps underlying such tests are sound and the tests are ready to be used in clinical trials. The proposed process defines responsibilities and best practices for the investigators, research institutions, funders, regulators, and journals involved in development and dissemination of clinical omics-based technologies.

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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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Researchers Need to Engage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Populations in Health Studies
Released: 3/31/2011

Researchers need to proactively engage lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in health studies and collect data on these populations to identify and better understand health conditions that affect them, says a new report from the IOM.

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Health Experts’ Insights on Promising Methods To Improve Health Care Value Summarized in New Report
Released: 2/24/2011

Health care spending is one of the fastest growing contributors to government debt. According to the Congressional Budget Office, federal spending on health care will double in the next 10 years, consuming 27 percent of the budget by 2020. A new workshop summary from the Institute of Medicine presents expert insights from physicians, nurses, patients, hospital administrators, health economists, employers, insurers, and others on the size and nature of wasted resources in the health care system and how to improve health care value.

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