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Health Information Technology and the Federal Future

The U.S. federal government has significant health obligations to current and former military personnel, and complex health and human services commitments to the civilian public. It is both a gatekeeper and a catalyst in the development of new drugs and therapies. And as the practice and business of medicine continue to evolve, government is at the center of global change. A common element in these challenges is information technology.

The wired “m-health” environment of the near future may not be able to reach its potential without significant cooperation between the private and public sectors. The health care system needs more precision, more efficiency, and a broader reach. It needs faster pipelines of both medicines and trained professionals. What can we learn from one another – and how fast?

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  2. The JOURNAL of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000 article written by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
    WASHINGTON -- Medication errors are among the most common medical errors, harming at least 1.5 million people every year, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.  The extra medical costs of treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone conservatively amount to $3.5 billion a year, and this estimate does not take into account lost wages and  productivity or additional health care costs, the report says.
    Death by Medical Error: Top 10 Cause of Death in the US
    No matter which estimate you believe to be accurate, Death by Medical Error ranks as a Top 10 cause of death in the US. Due to the extreme reluctance of hospitals and doctors to report the errors that lead to patient death, it is hard to define an accurate number of medical error related deaths each year. According to a Hearst Newspaper investigative report by Cathleen Crowley and Eric Nalder, “ Within Health Care Hides Massive, Avoidable Death Toll”, estimates vary from a low of 44,000 to 98,000 to as many as 200,000 per year depending on the study criteria and statistical assumptions made in each study.




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  9. National Quality Forum



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