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July 20, 2006

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Medication errors injure at least 1.5 million people every year and result in billions of dollars in extra medical costs, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The report recommends improved communications between health care providers and patients, nationwide use of electronic prescribing systems, and efforts to address problems associated with drug naming and labeling, among other steps to reduce drug-related mistakes.



Speakers:

J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D., Sc.D., (co-chair)
Dean and Professor
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, and
Founding and Executive Director
University of Arizona Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research
Tucson

Linda R. Cronenwett, R.N., Ph.D. (co-chair)
Professor and Dean
School of Nursing
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill

David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc.
Chief
Division of General Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital;
Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis
Partners Healthcare System; and
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston

Robert M. Califf, M.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research;
Director
Duke Clinical Research Institute; and
Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, N.C.

H. Eric Cannon, Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy Services and Health and Wellness
IHC Health Plans
Intermountain Health Care
Salt Lake City

Rebecca W. Chater, M.P.H.
Director of Clinical Services
Kerr Drug Inc.
Asheville, N.C.

Michael R. Cohen, Sc.D.
President
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Huntington Valley, Pa.

James B. Conway, M.S.
Senior Fellow
Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and
Senior Consultant
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston

R. Scott Evans, Ph.D.
Senior Medical Informaticist
Department of Medical Informatics
LDS Hospital and Intermountain Health Care, and
Professor
Department of Medical Informatics
University of Utah
Salt Lake City

Elizabeth A. Flynn, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Associate Research Professor
Department of Pharmacy Care Systems
Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University
Auburn, Ala.

Jerry H. Gurwitz, M.D.
Chief
Division of Geriatric Medicine;
Dr. John Meyers Professor of Primary Care Medicine; and
Executive Director
Meyers Primary Care Institute
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester

Charles B. Inlander
President
People’s Medical Society
Allentown, Pa.

Kevin B. Johnson, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Biomedical Informatics, and
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical School
Nashville, Tenn.

Wilson D. Pace, M.D.
Professor of Family Medicine and Green-Edelman Chair for Practice-based Research
University of Colorado, and
Director
National Research Network
American Academy of Family Physicians
Aurora, Colo.

Kathleen R. Stevens, Ed.D., R.N.
Professor and Director
Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio

Edward Westrick, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President of Medical Management
University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care
Worcester

Albert W. Wu, M.D.
Professor of Health Policy and Management and Internal Medicine
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore

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Philip Aspden, Ph.D.
Study Director