This excerpt taken from the UNH 8-K filed Dec 19, 2006.
Improved Quality and Safety
In a related recent development, the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) announced that 1.5 million adverse drug events occur each year. Among its conclusions, the IOM suggested that patients should learn to keep careful records of all the medications they are taking and providers should take steps to educate, consult with, and listen to patients.
Commenting on this issue, Brian Zelickson, M.D., a dermatologist with Skin Specialists, Ltd., in Minneapolis, Minn., said: Patients who see different doctors for different reasons often have a variety of tests and have often been prescribed multiple medications. Most cant recall the details of their recent medical history. When a patient can provide a comprehensive copy of their recent medical history for an appointment, it gives a better picture of a persons full care, which saves time, increases patient safety and
improves the overall quality of care. For example, I can avoid duplicate testing and can prescribe medication that wont interfere with other drugs the patient is already taking.