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Working Together to Improve Diagnosis: Constellation, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, and Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

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This is a virtual event, accessible online. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


Every nine minutes, someone dies due to a wrong or delayed medical diagnosis. Malpractice data reveals that diagnostic errors are frequent, costly and preventable. Join us to learn more about our partnership with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and how we’re working together to improve diagnosis.


This webinar will provide you with the knowledge to:

  1. Understand that diagnostic errors cause substantial preventable patient harm and cost to patients and health care organizations.
  2. Learn about Constellation’s partnership with IHC and SIDM to improve diagnosis:
    • Working Together to Improve Diagnosis: A Constellation, IHC and SIDM conference, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    • Taking Action to Close the Loop on Diagnostic Error: A Constellation and SIDM Collaborative. This is a year-long quality improvement community to tackle error prone diagnostic processes.
  3. Discuss solutions to improve diagnosis in clinics, hospitals and health systems.


Laurie Drill-Mellum, MD, MPH
  • CMO, Constellation

Laurie Drill-Mellum, MD, MPH is Constellation's first Chief Medical Officer. She is a Board-certified emergency medicine physician, a Bush Medical Fellow and completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Drill-Mellum is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Minnesota Medical Association, the Twin Cities Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American and Minnesota Holistic Physician Associations and a member of the Transforming Behavior and Culture at Work: Minnesota Healthcare Collaborative.

Paul L. Epner, MBA, MEd
  • CEO, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

Paul L. Epner, MBA, MEd is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM). He is also Chair of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, a collaborative with more than 50 of the country’s leading healthcare societies, health systems, patient organizations, and organizations focused on improving quality. He recently was named to the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety. Paul is a Past President of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) where he also created the Increasing Clinical Effectiveness (ICE) initiative. He was recently a member of the CDC’s “Clinical Laboratory Integration into Healthcare Collaborative” and a consultant to their Laboratory Medicine Best Practices program (an evidence-based practice initiative). Paul is an Associate Editor for the peer-reviewed journal, Diagnosis.

Diana Rusz, MPH
  • Quality Improvement Program Manager, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

Diana received her Master of Public Health degree in health policy and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining SIDM, Diana worked as a consultant for Health Management Associates (HMA), a national research and consulting healthcare firm. Before HMA, she worked as a graduate assistant at the Center for Research on Women and Gender as well as the Chicago Colorectal Cancer Consortium, while attending the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research experience comes as a result of various academic appointments. They include research assistant with the Cancer Center at the University of Michigan Health System; research assistant with the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan; and she served as a wellness and risk reduction specialist for underserved youth in Detroit.

Jennifer Brockman, MHA, BSN, RN
  • Division Director, Health Services, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative

Jennifer Brockman is division director, health services at Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. She has more than 15 years of clinical nursing experience including long-term care, medical, surgical and emergency room, home care and hospice, cardiac rehabilitation, oncology, quality management and utilization review and infection prevention. Her areas of expertise include infection prevention, hospital wide process improvement and hospital quality reporting. She received a bachelor’s degree in science and nursing from the University of Iowa and received a master’s in healthcare administration from Walden University.