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DxQI Seed Grant Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Healthcare
Organizations to Improve the American Healthcare System

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

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Deadline Date:

03/25/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International healthcare organizations to improve the American healthcare system. Funding is intended for safety improvement and diagnostic quality projects to reduce medical errors. Projects should address one of the following conditions: cancer, vascular events, and infection.

Research has demonstrated that diagnostic errors are the most common, catastrophic, and costly of all causes of preventable medical harm. In fact, errors in diagnosis are the most frequent cause of medical error reported by patients. In total, it’s estimated that 12 million US adults experience a diagnostic error every year in outpatient settings alone. It has also been reported that failures of diagnosis result in as many as 80,000 preventable deaths every year in US hospitals. Through a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, researchers from John Hopkins University and CRICO Strategies found that one in three malpractice cases that result in death or permanent disability stem from an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis and resulted in $1.8 billion in malpractice payouts over 10 years. Three-quarters of diagnostic error malpractice claims were attributable to just three categories of conditions: cancer (37.8 percent), vascular events (22.8 percent), and infection (13.5 percent), referred to as the “Big 3.”

Given the magnitude of diagnostic error burden, SIDM advocates for increased attention by health systems to improving the quality of their diagnostic process. This goes beyond avoiding errors and includes consideration of accuracy, timeliness, cost, and patient convenience. Designing an optimal diagnostic process will require a careful balancing among these competing demands. Given the dearth of solutions, that Funding Sources believes that catalyzing a "bottom up" approach, whereby frontline health professionals and patients are engaged to develop and test plausible solutions, will most likely produce the best outcomes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194624

Estimated Size of Grant:

Cannot exceed $50,000

Term of Contract:

SIDM is seeking proposals for grants to carry out 12-month projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants are limited to healthcare organizations that deliver direct patient care. These include, but are not limited to, office-based primary and specialty care, clinics (urgent and acute), other ambulatory centers (surgical and imaging), community hospitals, academic medical centers, psychiatric hospitals, rehab facilities and VA & military centers.

Organizations that do not provide direct patient care are NOT eligible to apply as the lead for a DxQI project grant, but may partner with an eligible organization, not as the applicant or project lead but as a third-party member of the team. If a third party is involved, a letter of support from that entity will need to be included with the application.

Ineligible projects:
- Measure the burden or causes of diagnostic error without an intervention;
- Develop new interventions in a “lab” setting without testing them for patient care outcomes;
- Focus on new diagnostic tests without a QI intervention that emphasizes reduction in diagnostic error;
- Are retrospective case studies with no planned QI Intervention;
- Evaluate the efficacy of a medical treatment or modality; or
- Are primarily scientific research with no direct impact on patient outcomes.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in a webinar on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm EST.

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To submit questions in advance:

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications must be submitted by March 25, 2021 11:59 pm ET.
- Awardees will be notified in June 2021.

Submissions must include:
- Responses to online application questions;
- Letter of Support from an executive sponsor e.g., department chair or an equivalent senior leadership role within your organizations;
- Letter of Support from any third-party partner that is deemed critical to the success of the project, such as a vendor or other for-profit, entity, medical school, etc.; and
- A bibliography of relevant citations that support the project rationale and intervention plan.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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