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Better hospital computer system 'could prevent deaths'

Better use of information technology in England's hospitals could help prevent 16,000 deaths a year, a report says.

University Hospitals Birmingham has recommended its system to the team investigating above-average death rates from 2005 to 2008 at Stafford Hospital.

The trust says it saw a 17% fall in deaths among emergency patients over 12 months, which would equate to 16,000 deaths prevented across England.

Adam Brimelow reports.

  • 18 Oct 2011
  • From the section Health