According to one expert, $6 billion a year is spent in Wisconsin on unneeded, sometimes dangerous medical treatment of patients. Now, Governor Jim Doyle says he has a plan to fight that problem.
The Governor was at Dean East Medical Center in Madison Friday afternoon, where he described his plan. He wants to include $10 million in his budget for grant and loan programs to increase safety and reduce medical errors across the state, through 21st century technology.
“Many care providers still often rely on paper charts written by hand to record the treatment of patients,” Governor Doyle told those attending Friday afternoon’s news conference. “Most health care providers in Wisconsin do not have automated integrated systems and much of the unnecessary administrative costs could be eliminated if providers had electronic medical record systems.”
According to the U.S. Institute of Medicine, up to 98,000 people in the United States can die each year from medical errors.