Issue No. 04 - July/August (2002 vol. 6)
<p>The numbers are staggering. In a chilling report, the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that somewhere between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year from "avoid-able medical errors," costing the nation about US$17 billion to US$29 billion annually. Errors include failing to make timely and accurate diagnosis, selecting improper treatment, and following a treatment plan incorrectly. For example, hospital staff might give the wrong drug or dosage, or a surgeon might operate on the wrong body part. Errors in surgery or emergency treatment can be especially serious.</p>
M. P. Singh, "Treating Health Care," in IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 6, no. , pp. 4-5, 2002.