Bridging the Quality Chasm: Opportunities for Disease Management Technologies

Landis, Darryl L.; Walker, David R.; Vance, Richard P.
June 2003
Click (1532-0391);Jun2003, p1
The article focuses on growing concern about quality gaps in health care. It is estimated that poor health care quality increases annual health care costs by $420 billion and costs employers another $300 billion a year in lost productivity. An estimated 44,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical errors and the total national cost of preventable medical errors is between $17 and $29 billion annually. According to the Disease Management Association of America, disease management is a system of coordinated health care interventions and communications for populations with conditions in which patient self-care efforts are significant.


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