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To Err is Human: How Personal Health Records Can Help
Contributed by Larry J. Iaquinto, President and Chief Operating Officer, Interlink Healthcare Communications

It seems that a day doesn’t go by without hearing about health information technology (HIT). The healthcare system often is touted as one of our nation’s worst big-industry offenders when it comes to implementing HIT. This lack of HIT is to blame for as many as 100,000 patient deaths each year caused by medical errors, according to a 1997 Institute of Medicine report. Many inefficiencies in healthcare also are attributed to the lack of HIT, such as redundant testing and massive amounts of paperwork, which contribute to the $1.6 trillion American’s spend on healthcare per year. With President Bush’s recent appointment of Dr. David Brailer as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, help is on the way…