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Do Electronic Medical Records Improve or Increase Medication Errors?

A piece in Forbes this week details the issue of medication errors in hospitals. The writer touches on the fact that even just a decimal misplacement can lead to death and that 1 million errors and 7,000 resulting deaths occur yearly. Yet the solution – computerized physician order entry (CPOE) – to combat errors isn’t…

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Study Shows Avoidable Cases of Medical Malpractice Surprisingly Common

How often do doctors make careless errors? According to a study published in Surgery on December 19, courtesy of LiveScience.com, instances of leaving supplies or instruments in patients, operating on the wrong individual, or operating on the wrong body part are more common than you think. The study assessed malpractice records in the U.S. for…

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Massachusetts Enacts “Disclose, Apology & Offer” Medical Malpractice Reform

A medical malpractice case is a lengthy, drawn-out process. For the lawyer, it’s a period of extensive research, and for the plaintiff, it’s presenting an effective case an attorney will take on. The doctor and medical insurance company, meanwhile, deny and withhold important information. To lead to smoother, quicker resolutions, improve patient safety, and ultimately…

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Study Shows Electronic Medical Record Systems Have Potential to Reduce Medical Malpractice Claims

Failure for a doctor to uphold the standard of care can result in a medical malpractice claim. On the doctor’s behalf, not providing adequate care or treatment can result from inaccurate or incomplete medical records, with medications, laboratory test results, or other pertinent information missing. Electronic medical records, according to a recent study, increase organization,…

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