News Release


SIDM to Receive 2023 MPL Association Award of Excellence in Patient Safety

(Rockville, MD, May 5, 2023)—The Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association has announced that the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) will receive the 2023 Award of Excellence in Patient Safety. SIDM is being honored for its role as a leading force in the medical community in addressing patient safety. The MPL Association is the leading international organization representing the medical professional liability insurance community.

SIDM catalyzes and leads change to improve diagnosis and eliminate harm from diagnostic error. The organization works in partnership with patients, their families, the healthcare community, and every interested stakeholder. SIDM is the only organization focused solely on the problem of diagnostic error and improving the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis.

In 2015, SIDM established the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis to increase awareness and actions that improve diagnosis. Members of the Coalition represent hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and patients, and the leading health organizations and government agencies involved in patient care. Together, stakeholders work to find solutions that enhance diagnostic safety and quality, reduce harm, and ultimately, ensure better health outcomes for patients.

“SIDM is pleased and honored to receive your recognition of our efforts towards reducing patient harm through this award! As the only organization whose sole focus is to foster and support efforts and policies aimed at reducing patient harm, we believe that every person will be a patient at some time, and therefore deserves equitable access to safe care,” said SIDM Chief Executive Officer Jennie Ward-Robinson. “We remain steadfast and dedicated to achieving our goal and your recognition strengthens our resolve to continue collaborating with patients, healthcare professionals, and organizations within the healthcare ecosystem to identify and address patient safety gaps that will reduce harm. Only together we can ensure that patients receive the care they deserve with the best possible outcomes."

“We applaud the leadership and accomplishments of SIDM to develop innovative solutions to reduce medical errors arising from misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or missed diagnosis,” said MPL Association Board Chair John H. Mize, President & CEO, SVMIC. “On behalf of the MPL Association Board and its members, I am pleased to honor SIDM with this award.”

The MPL Association Award of Excellence in Patient Safety is presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing patient safety and improving healthcare through systemic improvements. The award will be presented at the 2023 MPL Association Conference on May 18 in New Orleans.


The MPL Association is the leading international association representing medical professional liability insurance companies, risk retention groups, captives, trusts, and other entities with a commitment to the quality delivery of healthcare. MPL Association members insure nearly 2.5 million healthcare professionals around the world—doctors, dentists, oral surgeons, nurses and nurse practitioners, podiatrists, and other healthcare providers. MPL Association members also insure more than 3,000 hospitals and 50,000 medical facilities and group practices globally.

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