Friday, July 21, 2006

IOM reports suggests 1.5 M Americans are injured due to medication errors

Here is more evidence in support of e-Prescribing.SV

WASHINGTON - Medication mistakes injure well over 1.5 million Americans every year, a toll too often unrecognized and unfought, says a sobering call to action.

At least a quarter of the errors are preventable, the Institute of Medicine said Thursday in urging major steps by the government, health providers and patients alike.

Topping the list: All prescriptions should be written electronically by 2010, a move one specialist called as crucial to safe care as X-ray machines.

Dept of Veteran Affairs

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