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Health Care: Prevention is at Odds with Revenue and Cost

Editor’s note: Since all health care stakeholders, except the patient derive their income (revenue less cost) from providing services, prevention that reduces utilization is not necessarily a priority unless there is another motivating factor. Here is one such example. We have known since the IOM report to Err is Human that we needed to do something about the medical errors in the health care system. The Leapfrog Group was formed. It showed that Computer-aided Physician Order Entry (CPOE) saved lives, reduced medical errors. Ten years later these types of life saving, error reducing technologies are not pervasive through the health care system.

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Hospital sees value of error-prevention systems
Studies show that computerized provider order entry systems and other technologies designed to reduce or prevent medication errors are not being used in most U.S. hospitals, due in large part to their high costs. Ascension Health, a hospital system based in St. Louis, found that error-prevention technologies, though costly, helped reduce the overall mortality rate by 21% in the first year. San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Newspapers (8/10)

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August 10, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , , ,

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