|Topic:||To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Committee on Quality of Health Care in America
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999 - 4:00 p.m.
SC-4, The Capitol
TO ERR IS HUMAN: BUILDING A SAFER HEALTH SYSTEM
WILLIAM C. RICHARDSON, Ph.D, - President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Chair, Committee on Quality of Health Care in America
DONALD M. BERWICK, M.D., M.P.P. - President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Member, Committee on Quality of Health Care in America
MOLLY JOEL COYE, M.D., M.P.H. - Vice President and Director, West Coast Office, The Lewin Group and Member, Committee on Quality of Health Care in America
LUCIAN L. LEAPE, M.D. - Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Department of Health Policy Management, Harvard School of Public Health and Member, Committee on Quality of Health Care in America
CHARLES R. BUCK, JR., Sc.D. - Program Leader, Health Care Quality and Strategic Initiatives and Member, Committee on Quality of Health Care in America
The human cost of medical errors is high and while errors may be easily detected in hospitals, serious mistakes occur in every health care setting, from outpatient clinics to retail pharmacies to nursing homes. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has launched a major initiative to look at ways to improve the quality of health care in the United States. Its first report, TO ERR IS HUMAN: BUILDING A SAFER HEALTH SYSTEM, assesses the extent of errors in health care and offers steps to reduce them.
While reducing medical errors will require rigorous changes throughout the health care system, the report provides a four-part, comprehensive strategy for government, industry, consumers, and providers at all levels to reduce medical errors.
The study, which was funded by the Institute of Medicine, makes a number of recommendations to the Congress and the Executive Branch concerning ways in which the health care system can be made safer.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on November 29, 2000. It is available, in its entirety, through The National Academy Press web site.