It's been more than 17 years since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published To Err Is Human, which focused on creating a safer healthcare system.  Among its central points is the contention that "Healthcare is a decade or more behind many other high-risk industries in its attention to ensuring basic safety." This sobering finding, along with a recent (often criticized) paper from Johns Hopkins, makes me wonder where exactly we are as an industry today.  How would the IOM whitepaper look if it were released today?  Would we be a decade behind other industries in terms of safety, or has the gap narrowed?  Here are some of my thoughts on the current state.  

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