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Johns Hopkins launches new center to reduce diagnostic errors

A $5 million gift supports the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence
Posted November 16, 2016

The Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence


Misdiagnoses lead to illness, disabilities, and even death for millions of Americans each year. Johns Hopkins Medicine seeks to reduce that daunting number through the new Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence, funded by a $5 million gift from C. Michael Armstrong, honorary Johns Hopkins Medicine trustee, whose support established the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality five years ago. 

"Misdiagnoses can happen to anyone at any time including my father, who died from a medical mistake," says Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and a senior vice president for Johns Hopkins Medicine. "We envision a world where diagnoses are accurate, timely, and effectively communicated to patients, avoiding both diagnostic error and over diagnosis. Our patients deserve nothing less."