Like me, you've probably seen the question "Is your healthcare safe?" in some form or another in the popular press. But now, this: an article from TheHill.com questions whether safe healthcare is even possible!
On reading the complete article, the title's intent becomes clear. Associate Professor Donna Woods (the author) brings the reader through the often-told story of the performance of the US healthcare system. Ultimately, her question is one borne more of whether safe healthcare can be found in the US rather than whether safe healthcare can exist in the absolute sense....which is fortunate, because I strongly believe safe healthcare can exist and that certain tools help bring us there. (Visit TheHealthcareQualityBlog.com or pick up Amazon best-seller Volume To Value for some of those useful tools that we under-utilize in healthcare.)
Take a look at Professor Woods' nice reminder on the current state of quality in the US healthcare system by reading the selection beneath and clicking the link to her full article.
Dr. Don Berwick, a leader in the fields of healthcare quality and safety says, “A system is perfectly designed to achieve the results it achieves.” Therefore, the US healthcare system is perfectly designed to lead to considerable excess morbidity and mortality, from the delivery of care. The lack of recognition of the magnitude of these problems leads to limited, inadequate applied resources to address it. We need to ask ourselves, what can be done to address such a pervasive challenge?