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November 20, 2003

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To significantly reduce the tens of thousands of deaths and injuries caused by medical errors every year, health care organizations must adopt information technology systems that are capable of collecting and sharing essential health information on patients and their care, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. These systems should operate seamlessly as part of a national network of health information that is accessible by all health care organizations and that includes electronic records of patients' care, secure platforms for the exchange of information among providers and patients, and data standards that will make health information uniform and understandable to all, said the committee that wrote the report.

Paul C. Tang, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, Calif. and Chair, Committee on Data Standards for Patient Safety.