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A flaw in current medical communications technology, compounded by government and industry inaction, is resulting in misinformation and missing medical data being presented to health care workers when they need it most. Every American needs to be aware of this issue to speak up to protect themselves and their families from this almost entirely avoidable situation. At a recent senate subcommittee hearing, it was revealed that more than 1,000 people are killed and 10,000 injured every day from medical omissions miscommunications.We don’t care if this is done through an executive order, a law passed by Congress or industry initiative, as long as it is done. By signing the petition, we are telling the President and Congress that we need a direct path of communication between all healthcare systems through a specific and comprehensive set of requirements to end interoperability. Solutions exist, but no one has an incentive to implement them. Why do we need government intervention? • Hospital boards have no incentive to adopt technology to solve the problem because inaction costs less money than fixing it. The result? Hospitals are not actively looking for a solution, unless it is mandated as part of a government intervention, similar to the same intervention to transition from paper to electronic medical records. • Most of healthcare vendors, notably electronic health record (EHR) vendors, have no incentive to address these issues in order to push for their own product solutions. This leaves the lack of EHR interoperability, the most critical area to reduce medical errors leading to death, with no near term improvement. • Existing government bodies are in place, but the focus and timetable are not aligned with the urgency for improving patient outcomes, which claim U.S. lives on a daily basis. Patients can’t even access their own records to help make decisions in their own interest or control who has access to their records. The technology to fix this exists, is cost effective, and can be fully operational in any hospital system within months and will SAVE LIVES. If the Center for Disease Control reported a category for erroneous medical deaths, it would rank 6th in the U.S. And the cost? A cool trillion dollars a year. Sadly, this figure is not too far from similar statistics found 15 years ago. Hospitals and medical professionals would save billions in lower insurance premiums as there will be fewer medical death and error lawsuits. These actions will lower medical costs and will benefit everyone. Healthcare should not be replaced by "No One Cares." Sign out petition today! The life you could be saving could be your own.