The Medical Error Crisis

medical-error-crisisDid you know that Medical Error is the third largest cause of death in the United States? Do not miss my friend Leslie Michaelson’s fabulous article and book!

From Leslie:

It’s an urgent piece about preventable medical error, the third leading cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease and cancer.

Almost every day, I encounter people suffering from devastating medical errors. This article reflects my outrage at the collective silence of those in a position to solve this problem. But it also explains what we all can do to help solve this national medical crisis.

I am particularly delighted to have this piece published as it is part of a multidimensional effort to help people everywhere get the best possible care. This initiative started last year with the publication of my best-selling book, The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love, which teaches people how to become empowered health care consumers. This fall, my book will be released in paperback and Spanish. I am now giving speeches on related topics to diverse audiences across the country. We are also creating podcasts and developing digital training programs to get the message out to larger audiences. In addition, we are partnering with entrepreneurial “big data” and other tech-focused companies, as well as innovative hospital systems.

In short, I am starting a patient empowerment revolution that I hope will catalyze discussion and change.  I invite you to be a part of this movement. Please share this piece with your friends and family, on your social channels, and let me know what you think.