The Obama administration's healthcare reform legislation and its $19 billion stimulus support for Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are beginning to have a transformative effect on U.S. healthcare. An important goal will be to use EHRs to reduce the estimated 98,000 deaths and millions of injuries per year from medical errors . Many medical errors are never reported or even recognized; only a small number are analyzed by internal hospital or clinic review boards. Peer review boards typically keep their analyses private, and only a small number of cases per year receive public discussion . This dramatically limits the ability…
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