December 08, 2004

Real people and "medical error"

Maria at Intueri describes what it can be like to make one of those "medical errors" that the policy wonks keep talking about. At least we know that Maria's a real person and not a robot.

Speaking of robots, I wonder whether the Massachusetts Blue Cross/Blue Shield's decision to finance a new electronic medical record system portends a greater involvement by health insurers in the push for systemic reforms that might reduce medical mistakes. I suppose it will come down to whether the insurers believe that the reforms will lead to lower costs. Scratch that: if it will lead to lower costs for the insurers. We're talking about the health care industry, and that means cost-shifting first and foremost.

Posted by Carey at December 8, 2004 11:26 PM