20 Years Later: Healthcare is Failing, and Medical Errors are Rising
The highly received report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System is now 20 years old, and unfortunately, not enough lessons have been learned to prevent known medical mistakes. Experts recently spoke with HealthLeaders reporters and shared concerns that patient safety is still largely in question as patient deaths due to medical errors now round out around 444,000 lives each year, an increase from 98,000 at the time the 1999 report was made. By those numbers, it remains obvious that advancements to keep patients safe from preventable injuries is still needed.
On November 27, 2019, the experts interviewed by HealthLeaders raised these stifling conclusions related to medical error trends and the rise in deaths resulting from a lack of patient safety in the American healthcare system.