Focus on Health

Preterm Births

Why is this a public health priority? According to the March of Dimes, premature birth is a serious and costly problem. Each year more than a half-million babies are born too soon in the United States, costing the nation more than $26 billion annually. Babies who survive an early birth often face lifelong health challenges, […]

Health Information Technology for Rural Hospitals

Why is this a public health priority? The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report To Err is Human (1999) focused on patient safety and healthcare quality. The report estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths result from medical errors annually and an estimated $17-$29 billion is spent on such errors (IOM, 1999). The adoption of healthcare […]

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