UMR Student Writer Brittlyn OlsonGuest Post by University of Minnesota, Rochester Student Brittlyn Olson     Laura Adams, Transform Symposium 2012 SpeakerThe current health care system is the #1 contributor to sickness and death in the United States. Although this seems outrageous, Laura Adams, President and CEO of Rhode Island Quality Institute can understand this reality. Based on her own personal struggles as both a clinician and patient, Adams has generated a transformation in health care. Her unique approach has opened the eyes of the health care system to a new era. Early on, as a clinician, Laura provided incorrect dosage of a medication to a patient, which could have ended in death. After evaluating the cause of the scenario, she determined that there was lack of communication within the system and ineffective means of information exchange. Of the 2.6 trillion dollars spent annually, 1.2 trillion is wastefully spent on unnecessary hospitalizations and medical/surgical procedures. Laura felt guilty for this and felt it was a problem that must be corrected.