Funds to Address Diagnostic Safety

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently announced funding for three to six research grants between $250,000 and $500,000. The funding will support developing new clinical measures aimed at avoiding errors and improving the ability to accurately diagnosis diseases in three major categories. The categories include acute vascular events (stroke and myocardial infarction), infections (sepsis and pneumonia), and cancer.

The Foundation’s primary strategy is to strengthen accountability for diagnostic excellence. This will require developing and validating new measures for diagnostic performance, support growth and capacity in the field, and assess the potential for new technologies to improve diagnostic performance.

According to the AHRQ sponsored report “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care” published by the National Academy of Medicine in 2015, errors occurring in all settings of care contribute to about ten percent of patient deaths and the primary reason for medical liability claims.

Go to for more information on the funding announcement titled “Request for Ideas for Clinical Measures to Improve Diagnosis”. Applications were accepted starting June 14 and will be accepted until August 2, 2019.

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