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IOM report recommends health care delivery reform

Posted on September 7, 2012 | No Comments

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In their new report, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) criticized the United States healthcare system and called for system reforms. The IOM reported that the United States wastes about $750 billion per year in health care costs and allows tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths. The IOM found that rapidly escalating health care costs and access issues are only two of the problems that plague the health care delivery system.

The IOM report said that the American health care delivery system should learn from other industries. Reforms could help the system become better, cheaper, and more patient-centered. The IOM recommends that delivery shift to a “continuously learning healthcare system,” which would use data to improve patient care, promote quality, and create more transparent care.

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