Is bad information killing us?

It could very well be that bad information is killing Americans at record rates.

Medical mistakes kill over 250,000 people each year in the U.S.

It is the third leading cause of death overall, behind heart disease and cancer, according to a study by doctors at Johns Hopkins.

The United States has the most expensive healthcare in the world: the most advanced equipment, the most advanced medicines, the best-trained doctors—yet in a recent study of healthcare quality the U.S. came in dead last out of 11 civilized nations. The U.K., Switzerland and Sweden topped the list.

The U.S. healthcare problem is not due to poor training, inferior equipment, inferior medicines, or lack of financial resources. No, the problem is likely primarily a failure to get the right information to the right people at the right time; that is, caregivers must have accurate, current clinical information to do their jobs properly.

This is an Information Governance (IG) issue that has life or death consequences. It can be fixed, but healthcare professionals must gain the necessary education and tools, collaborate with experts and each other, and gain executive management support for IG programs.

A new book by Robert Smallwood, Information Governance for Healthcare Professionals: A Practical Approach, can assist healthcare organizations in establishing and maintaining effective IG programs. It is written in a succinct and straightforward way, with crystal clear steps and insightful advice. It also includes a collection of essays from leading IG practitioners.

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Publication Data:

ISBN: 9781138568068

136 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

£61.99 (Hardback)

5th September 2018


About the Author:

Robert F. Smallwood is the author of nine books in the past ten years. Smallwood is a technologist and an industry-leading author, keynote speaker, consultant, and educator. Mr. Smallwood was also the leading IG blogger in 2015/16 in the Information Governance profession, and has published more than 100 articles and given more than 50 conference presentations on content management and IG.