"Actor Dennis Quaid has become an advocate for electronic medical records. In 2007 his 12 day old twins received a massive accidental overdose (10,000 units of heparin instead of 10 units), a near-fatal error that could have been prevented by the kind of bar code technology that the VA has been using for decades. (Yes, folks, sorry, a government institution was decades ahead of privatized healthcare on this.)"I point out that that's three times the annual deaths from automobiles, and around #5 in leading causes of death in the U.S.
"Quaid points out that the widely quote 100,000 accidental deaths every year from medical errors equates to a major airline crash every day."