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Blog posts about avoidable errors and high costs

Statistics indicating major trends

  • Percent of patients admitted to Emergency with a mental health issue who had previously been admitted to hospital in the past year – Australia 25%
  • Percent of the Intensive Care budget in a UK hospital spent on patients admitted for illegal drug abuse over one year 10%
  • Percent of trauma patients who tested positive for alcohol and or illegal drugs in a Norwegian study 39%
  • Percent of people with a severe mental illness who also have a substance abuse problem – USA 50%
  • What percent of patients are responsible for 20% of the USA health budget? 1%
  • What percent of patients are responsible for 50% of total USA health costs? 5%

A brief summary

Major problems to avoid


  • Critical care services are the most expensive areas of health care. Yet many patients in acute beds have chronic conditions that can’t be successfully treated by short term and aggressive medical treatments.
  • Lack of end of life planning, over focus on hospitals, lack of chronic care funding and an industry-wide refusal to accept innovation all contribute to this problem.
  • Overcrowding in Emergency Departments is placing pressure on critical care staff and leading to errors and poor outcomes.
  • The current health model is unsustainable.

Positive things to seek out


  • The Internet of Things is revolutionizing chronic disease management. People can now monitor their conditions in a far more accurate manner, in their own home.
  • Gamification can increase treatment compliance and make chronic disease management a more enjoyable experience.
  • Software using Artificial Intelligence can bring continuous monitoring to critical care services, and help stop errors being caused by stressed staff.

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