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Data takes Scalpel to Malpractice Lawsuits

  • September 29, 2012

“[CRICO] has found a unique niche: assembling the largest national database of malpractice claims—more than 200,000 in all—and crunching numbers to identify the most common mistakes,” reported Paul Restuccia of the Boston Herald.


In his article about data mining to identify vulnerable spots in patient care, Restuccia also shared the following: “Analytics is becoming increasingly important in medicine and it’s crucial that we use physician experts to communicate what we learn from crunching data,” said Dr. Luke Sato, chief medical officer at CRICO. 

“CRICO's malpractice data-crunching is the gold standard in the world,” said Jeffrey Driver, chief risk officer at Stanford University Medical Center, a CRICO Strategies client for eight years. Using CRICO’s data and addressing the risk areas it identified, Driver says Stanford has reduced its malpractice claims 25 percent over the past five years, and is saving $3.2 million a year in insurance costs.

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Restuccia P. Data takes scalpel to malpractice lawsuits: Cambridge insurer aims to make hospitals safer. The Boston Herald. September 29, 2012