Assignment 2: action on iom report

The 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report: To err is human: Building a safer health system was a wake up call for both the general public and healthcare providers regarding the problem and tragic consequences of medical errors. According to the Report Brief: “At least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented” (Institute of Medicine, 1999, p. 1). The report recommends a four-tiered approach as a strategy for addressing this problem.

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In this assignment, you will read the report and then evaluate how the healthcare system has responded to each of the four recommendations made in the report.

Institute of Medicine. (1999). To err is human: Building a safer health system (Report Brief). Institute of Medicine of the National Academies [Web page]. Retrieved from

Use sources other than the textbook to find information about how the U.S. healthcare system is acting on the four recommendations in the IOM report. You may use journal articles, government reports, reports or findings of public organizations, and other authoritative sources. The following are sources of information on two of the recommendations:

    • The first recommendation about creating leadership refers to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Use the AHRQ Web site
    • The third recommendation about actions of oversight organizations, professional groups, and group purchasers of healthcare identifies the Leapfrog Group (


Write your assessment in a 6-page report. Include an appropriate introduction and conclusion. Write your assessment of action on the four recommendations in the IOM report. Then, write an overall assessment of how the U.S. healthcare system is performing in regard to patient safety, in response to the IOM recommendations. Give examples of actions by the healthcare industry and cite sources. Write your report in a Word document formatted in APA style.