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Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?
National Public Radio

In order to improve the quality of health care and reduce its costs, researchers need to know what works and what doesn’t. One powerful way to do that is through a system of “registries,” in which doctors and hospitals compile and share their results. But even in this era of big data, remarkably few medical registries exist.

Dr. Martin Makary is a surgeon at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He and his colleagues published a study online this week in the Journal for Health Care Quality about the major shortcomings in the way patients are tracked after treatment.

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