Chapter 1

The Healthcare Information Governance Imperative

It could very well be that bad information is killing Americans at record rates.

Medical mistakes kill over 250,000 people each year in the U.S.

It is the third leading cause of death overall, behind heart disease and cancer, according to a study by doctors at Johns Hopkins. 1 These numbers are certainly low, since they do not include deaths at nursing homes, surgery centers, and in-home care settings.

The United States has the most expensive healthcare in the world: the most advanced equipment, the most advanced medicines, the best-trained doctors—yet in a recent study of healthcare quality the U.S. came in dead last out of 11 civilized nations. 2 The U.K., Switzerland, and Sweden ...

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