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Issue No. 04 - July/August (2002 vol. 6)
ISSN: 1089-7801
pp: 4-5
<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.
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