Thursday, September 6, 2012

IOM: Technology Could Help Fix U.S. Health System's Problems

"IOM: Technology Could Help Fix U.S. Health System's Problems." iHealthBeat, September 6, 2012.

From the article: "Advances in science and technology have the potential to help address the U.S. health care system's inefficiencies, high costs and poor quality, according to a report released Thursday by the Institute of Medicine,… The report noted that about 30% of health spending in 2009, or about $750 billion, was wasted on unnecessary services, excessive administrative costs, fraud and other problems. In addition, about 75,000 patient deaths could have been prevented in 2005 if every state had delivered health care at the quality level of the best-performing state, according to one estimate." Read more

See also
"Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America." Report prepared by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, September 6, 2012.