The First State is embarking on becoming First in Nation to provide electronic access to medical records at point of care
Jul 15 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Tom Carper is asking the federal General Accounting Office (GAO) to investigate the national economic impact of a hi-tech medical database that can be instantly accessed by doctors. Delaware is already in the process of serving as a model for the national implementation of such a database system, which has been devised by the non-profit Patient Safety Institute, based out of Plano, Texas. The PSI program requires patient consent and access to medical information is strictly limited to patients' healthcare providers. Sen. Carper is asking the GAO to answer two questions:
- What is the economic value to the country of such a network, both nationally and per individual?
- Of the total potential economic savings, where would those savings accrue?
- Eliminating many of the 770,000 injuries and deaths that result from medication errors and other adverse drug events in the United States each year;
- Reducing the up-to-98,000 avoidable deaths caused by medical errors each year; and
- Limiting the one and a half healthcare errors that the average patient in intensive care endures on a daily basis.
Senator Carper's Letter to the GAO
Delaware to build statewide clinical data-sharing network, Modern Physician Magazine
Delaware to Protect Patients and Safeguard Against Bioterrorism Through Partnering Agreement with the Patient Safety Institute, Patient Safety Institute