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Healthcare Quality

Electronic Medical Records Still Produce Medical Errors

Recent events have proven that requiring health care providers to switch to electronic medical records is not as fool proof as advertised.  A 2005 Rand Corp. study estimated a net $80 billion annual savings for the health care system by switching to electronic medical records. However, like any other computerized systems, there are vunerabilities relating to inputting of information, software deficiencies and system interoperability. 

Uninsured More Likely to Die in the Emergency Room

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Archives of Surgery

Harvard University recently released a study finding that uninsured patients who suffer from traumatic injuries are almost twice as likely to die in a hospital than the patients who are injured and have health insurance. Dr. Atul Gawande, a Harvard surgeon and senior author stated “This is another drop in a sea of evidence that the uninsured fare much worse in their health in the United States.”

New England Journal of Medicine Reports That Patients Get Proper Health Care Only About 50% of the Time

10/18/2005
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New England Journal of Medicine

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, patients receive the appropriate recommended care from health care providers only 54.9 percent of the time.

The study utilized telephone surveys in 12 metropolitan areas to identify willing participants who would provide a health history and listing of their health care providers. Those who agreed signed written consent forms so that their medical records could be reviewed.

Minorities Receive Lower Quality Healthcare

10/18/2005
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Institute of Medicine (IOM)

In 1999, Congress requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM), conduct a study to assess disparities in the kinds and quality of healthcare received by racial and ethnic minorities and non minorities.

Medical Errors

10/18/2005
Source: 
Institute of Medicine (IOM)

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), reports that as many as 98,000 Americans die each year and another 1,000,000 are injured as a result of preventable medical errors that cost the nation an estimated $29 billion. In its comprehensive book titled "To Err Is Human," the IOM recounts two studies which reported on adverse events.

In Hospital Deaths From Medical Errors Reach 195,000 Per Year

10/25/2005
Source: 
Institute of Medicine (IOM)

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report titled "To Err is Human," in which it reported that as many as 98,000 Americans die each year and another 1,000,000 are injured as a result of preventable medical errors.

Blacks With Cancer Receive Lower Quality Health Care

10/18/2005
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The Journal of Clinical Oncology

In January, 2005, The Journal of Clinical Oncology released a study that showed several alarming statistics regarding the disparity in health care between blacks and whites diagnosed with cancer.

The study demonstrated survival rates between black patients and white patients for five specific types of cancers including breast, colon esophageal, lung and prostate. It also showed survival rates between blacks and whites for the general category of "all cancers."

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