We want to know that providers have shifted to more careful culture, especially prompted by the threat of federal penalties and value-based incentives set forth in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
But we also want to know that they are looking as hard as they can to see these errors where they are. Only then can they be quantified, taken more seriously and prevented.
Lest we get too complacent, we have to realize that avoidable mistakes that cause patient harm are still being made. The current issue of Health Affairs points that out in graphic detail.