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  In a new study, HealthGrades, a respected leader in measuring and reporting health care quality, estimates that preventable hospital mistakes kill 195,000 Americans each year. That's twice the Institute of Medicine's 1999 estimate, which many experts observed was conservative. Fortunately, some courageous hospitals are showing their peers how to improve...
Preventable medication mistakes in hospitals is a leading causing of death. Top patient safety experts and The Leapfrog Group have called upon hospitals to replace risky, paper-based prescriptions with computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems. If installed in every major hospital, CPOE systems would save tens of thousands of lives...
The June 2004 issue of the Harvard Business Review contains an outstanding article on Redefining Competition in Health Care by Michael E. Porter, Ph.D. of the Harvard Business School and Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg, Ph.D. of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Their carefully researched, well-argued, actionable recommendations include: -...
Canada's Socialized health care system may result in cheaper drugs but far more dead patients. The first major study of patient safety in Canadian hospitals has found an extremely high number of preventable medical errors. The study, appearing in the next issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, estimates that preventable...
Preventable medical mistakes and inappropriate, outdated medical care is the third leading cause of death in America, according to the Institute of Medicine and other experts. In addition, studies by the respected RAND Corporation think tank show that a staggering 45% of health care is clinically inappropriate. As if that's not...

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