" But our health care system is not set up to provide the best care for people with multiple chronic conditions. We need to move from fragmented patient care to an integrated approach that provides comprehensive, holistic care to people with multiple conditions. We need to put patients and families at the centre of our health care system and ensure that all decisions are made with this in mind. "
(Christine Elliott, Ontario Progressive Conservative Deputy Leader Critic, Health & Long Term Care, Sept. 2012)

"Hello, I went to the site and ran through a scenario. I like it very much. There are quite a few spelling errors, but the idea worked well. I put the symptoms of a real patient (though not myself) and it came out with an interesting diagnosis. More accurate than most would have made with a visit. I give it a thumb up. Once the spelling is fixed and the site made a little prettier, I think you will have a very nice product."
(Diana Hankey Underwood, Alabama, USA)

"How many people die from mistakes that could have been avoided? According to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (SPSI), between 9,000-24,000 Canadians die from preventable adverse events each year. In the U.S., that number reaches an estimated 180,000 people. Unofficially, medical errors are a top cause of death in industrialized countries despite all the advantages we have like sanitary conditions and skilled staff.

some illnesses can be hard to diagnose a lack of expertise and faulty lab test results can also be to blame. With a misdiagnosis, patients are doubly at risk. Not only are they getting treatment they may not need including surgery and radiation therapy they are also not getting the treatment they do need. In the meantime, the untreated health problem can get worse. For example, when Celiac disease is misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome, continuing to eat gluten can cause further damage to the small intestine."
(DANGEROUS MEDICAL MISTAKES s.lamothe, Zummer Magazine. February 16th, 2012)

"Patients who have good, long-term relationship with their family doctors have fewer health crises, are more likely to stay out of hospital, and enjoy better overall health all at lower cost to taxpayers compared with patients without such care. if just five percent more of high-needs patients had a closer relationship with GP, the province would safe $85 million annually."
(Marcus Hollander, Victoria-based health system researcher. In study of the British Columbia)

" The EHR creates the appearance of a perfectly prepared note. In truth, it simply makes it easier to copy and paste from note to note. The note is filled with unnecessary information, making the truly pertinent information hard to find (and therefore negatively impacts patient care). The nice-looking, "electronic documentation" in the EHR opens the door for the unethical doctor to game the system and get away with it. It just makes it easier for them to up code and not get caught. Fraud is skyrocketing while the EHR provides the cover."
(John Hsu, LinkedIn, Sept. 03/12)

"... About 30% of health spending in 2009, or roughly $750 billion, was wasted on unnecessary services, according to a report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In the 382-page report, an 18-member panel of experts identified challenges facing the health care system and provided recommendations for improvement."

From a study carried out at the Harvard Medical School, and performed under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Yezzoni, expressed the thought that "... The doctor - a man too, --- might have forgotten something, and in addition may not give enough attention, due to fatigue, etc.," i.e., could lead to a mistake.

" Meaningful use incentives created an artificial market for dozens of immature EHR products," Brown said. The survey also revealed that some popular "one size fits all" EHR products have failed to meet the needs of several medical specialties and cannot continue to satisfy their client base with a lack of customizable or bespoke tools. As far as EHR systems meeting the expectations of various medical specialties, nephrologists reported the highest rate of discontent, with 88 percent saying their EHR systems fail to meet their needs. Providers in urology, ophthalmology and gastroenterology also reported high rates of discontent. Contrastingly, a much lower number of small practice physicians (54 percent) reported that their system failed to meet their needs. "
(Black Book’s managing partner Doug Brown, in a news release. NEW YORK | February 19, 2013 )

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