MEDICAL ERROR IS THE 5TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE US
Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence has conducted a detailed and thorough analysis of the acute care clinical information systems (CIS) market and finds that a major driver in the US is the demand for improvement in patient safety. CIS is a computer-based inpatient information system designed for collecting, storing, manipulating, and making available clinical information that is important to the health care delivery process.
Medical errors are the fifth-leading cause of deaths in the US, with up to 98,000 deaths annually. According to the new report entitled “US Markets for Acute Care Clinical Information Systems,” hospitals are adopting CIS to help them provide adequate, timely care and reduce the frequency of preventable errors.
“Medical errors in the healthcare system arise from miscommunication, physician order transcription errors, adverse drug events, or incomplete patient medical records,” says David Plow, Senior Analyst at MRG. “Generally, medical errors are caused by overcrowded, understaffed clinical areas with complex workflow patterns, and incomplete or inefficient communication between clinical areas.