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Readers And Tweeters Chime In On Investigation Of Electronic Health Records

Letters to the Editor | 04/03/19

“Empowered by the digital revolution, the U.S. government claimed that turning American medical charts into electronic records would make health care better, safer and cheaper. Ten years and $36 billion later, the system is an unholy mess. KHN partnered with Fortune magazine to investigate this botched operation.”

White House Wants User-Friendly Electronic Health Records

- Richardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | 03/06/18

The government-wide MyHealthEData initiative will be overseen by the White House Office of American Innovation, which is headed by Kushner. His stewardship of a broad portfolio of domestic and foreign policy duties has recently been called into question due to his inability to obtain a permanent security clearance.

Beyond electronic medical records: Healthcare's second wave of digitisation

- Nicole Hill, Global HealthCare | 02/21/18

Healthcare is going through its own digital transformation. New technology, such as wearables, telemedicine and IoT connectivity is making its way into hospitals, clinics and care homes. It is aimed at optimising care pathways to reduce average hospital stays and improve patient welfare.

Preventable Deaths in American Hospitals

- Tait Shanafelt, MD | Christine A. Sinsky, MD, FACP | Stephen Swensen, MD, MMM, FACR Mayo Clinic American Medical Association | 01/23/17

Hospital medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. That’s 700 people per day, notes Steve Swensen. “And most of those have a second victim: the nurses, doctors, social workers, managers, pharmacists involved in their care.”

Medical Errors Are Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Steve Sternberg, Assistant Managing Editor | Health Initiatives | 05/03/16

“People don’t just die from heart attacks and bacteria, they die from system-wide failings and poorly coordinated care,” says the study’s lead author, Dr. Martin Makary, a professor of surgery and health policy at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “It’s medical care gone awry.”

Patients Stuck with Bills for Medical Errors

- JoNel Aleccia, Health writer | MSNBC | 02/29/08

Since last fall, hospitals in 11 states have agreed to waive fees for certain rare errors dubbed “never events” because safety experts say they should never happen at all. Does your state charge for medical errors?

The third-leading cause of death in US most doctors don't want you to know about

- Ray Sipherd, CNBC | 02/23/18

“Too often,” he said, “the health-care system silences people around a problem.” Why? Many doctors are reluctant to speculate, but some admit the answers range from simple ego to losing a patient to another doctor they trust more.

Reshaping access to data is required for patients to be truly engaged

Mike Miliard, Editor | Healthcare IT News | 02/05/18

As patients are entrusted with more responsibility for their own care, limited access to their own data is “the most obvious obstacle to engagement in my view,” said Campos.

Study Suggests Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

- Michael Daniel, Co-author | Johns Hopkins | 05/03/16

Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in The BMJ, surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) third leading cause of death — respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year.

Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause Of U.S Deaths, Researchers Say

- Marshall Allen & Olga Pierce, NPR | 05/03/16

“If you ask the public about patient safety most people don’t really know about it,” she said. “If you ask them the top causes of death, most people wouldn’t say ‘preventable harm.’ “