PanamaBy John McCormick | Posted 2004-03-04 Email Print
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Additional reporting by Berta Ramona Thayer in Panama
As software spreads from computers to the engines of automobiles to robots in factories to X-ray machines in hospitals, defects are no longer a problem to be managed. They have to be pred
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Organization: National Cancer Institute
Headquarters: Gorgas Hospital, Ancon Hill, Panama Canal Zone, Panama
Mission: To treat and cure patients with cancer.
Director: Juan Pablo Bares, M.D.
Financials: Funded by the Panamanian government.
Challenge: Find resources to treat a patient load that has more than quadrupled since 1997, with 10 to 15 new patients a day.
- Improve quality-assurance programs, to avoid accidental patient deaths or injuries.
- Install third linear accelerator, to shorten waiting list for cancer treatments.
- Eliminate subsidies paid to private hospitals for overflow work, which has cost the government $10 million over the past three years.