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Patient safety : achieving a new standard for care / Committee on Data Standards for Patient Safety, Board on Health Care Services ; Philip Aspden … [et al.], editors.
p. ; cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-309-09077-6 (hardcover)
1. Medical records—Standards—United States. 2. Medical informatics. 3. Medical errors—Data processing—Standards—United States.
[DNLM: 1. Medical Errors—prevention & control—United States. 2. Health Policy—United States. 3. Information Services—standards—United States. 4. Patient Care—standards—United States. 5. Policy Making—United States. 6. Risk Management—United States. 7. Safety Management—United States. WB 100 P2975 2004] I. Aspden, Philip. II. Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Data Standards for Patient Safety.
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