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January 7, 2003

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The United States has the know-how and technology to deliver world-class health care to the public, but often fails to translate such expertise into everyday clinical practice. For many Americans, this situation results in suffering that could be prevented. To help bring about major improvements in health care quality and delivery for all Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other public and private stakeholders should focus on 20 priority areas, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Collective action in these areas could help transform the entire health care system.

George J. Isham Medical Director and Chief Health Officer, HealthPartners Inc., Minneapolis and Chair, Committee on Identifying Priority Areas for Quality Improvement.