Electronic health records
"Each year, thousands of patient deaths are caused by avoidable medical errors in American hospitals. In 1999, the
"Adverse drug errors alone are estimated to harm 1.5 million people per year and kill several thousand, costing $3.5 billion annually. These medication missteps occur when prescriptions are hastily scribbled by a doctor – and then just as hastily read by a pharmacist. 'It seems self-evident that many, perhaps most, of the solutions to medical mistakes will ultimately come through better information technology,' said Dr Robert Wachter, chief of the UCSF Medical Centre in 2004.'
"In a $2 trillion industry (the largest in the
(pp. 118-9, 'The Wide Lens: A new strategy for innovation' by Ron Adner – Landmark)