June 20, 2005
"Shoddy quality control plagues American medicine, killing at least a hundred thousand people every year and running up an estimated $500 billion a year in avoidable medical costs, or 30% of all health care spending. The quality crisis fuels the litigation crisis: Medical malpractice costs hit $27 billion in 2003.
Many of the needed fixes are surprisingly simple, and new technology has arrived to modernize the antiquated systems that make the medical industry one of the least wired businesses in the U.S. economy."