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A Better Prescription
Bruce Mehlman, Washington Times, 6-10-05

Mehlman reminds his readers that when world leaders are seriously ill—from King Hussein of Jordan to Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko—chances are they will come to the U.S. for treatment. "While great caregivers can be found all around the world, American doctors and nurses are second to none."

Why is it then, Mehlman asks, that the U.S. only ranks 24th in life expectancy and "more Americans die from preventable medical errors than from AIDS, homicides and car crashes combined?"

The answer to these questions, in large measure, is that the world's greatest doctors, armed with history's most powerful medical tools, operate within a system that is inefficient and disconnected. It's as if we're putting our best jet pilots in the cockpits of antiquated World War II fighters. …At a time when industries around the globe are tapping the power of technology to transform how they do business, our health-care system is investing less in these technologies than every sector except construction, education and mining. …

A health-care system transformed through greater use of information technology will do more than save lives and save money. It will provide you and your family the confidence of knowing that the best doctors and nurses have all the tools they need to offer the best possible care.



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