The Health Care Industry Needs to Be More Honest About Medical Errors

The Health Care Industry Needs to Be More Honest About Medical Errors

Posted Oct 23, 2021 from

Medical errors today are just as common as they were 20 years ago. Why can't the health care industry improve on this metric? 

Twenty years ago this fall, the Institute of Medicine—an U.S.-based independent, nongovernmental organization widely regarded as an authority at the intersection of medicine and society—released a report titled “To Err Is Human.” It announced that up to 98,000 Americans were dying each year from medical errors.

Official and popular reaction was swift. Congress mandated the monitoring of progress in efforts to prevent patient harm, and the health care industry set grand goals, such as reducing medical errors by 50% within five years. News outlets reported on the proceedings closely. A remedy for a longstanding problem seemed in sight.


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