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July 2019 Archives

Solid doctor-patient relationships may minimize malpractice suits

Physicians in California looking to reduce or prevent medical liability claims may be able to do so by fostering strong relationships with patients. This advice is based on research involving communication differences between surgeons and doctors with malpractice histories and those without such backgrounds.

Medical malpractice claims related to misdiagnosis

In California and across the United States, medical malpractice can result in permanent disabilities or even death. Many medical malpractice cases are caused by errors, especially misdiagnoses. Physicians often make mistakes when diagnosing significant illnesses. A recently published study conducted by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine sheds some light on the issue. The report involved at least 50 organizations related to health care. An evaluation showed that misdiagnosis caused many patients to spend a lot of money on unnecessary medical bills.

Medication errors, diagnostic mistakes most common EHR errors

Anyone in California seeking medical care has a right to assume their electronic health records (EHRs) will be accurate. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. According to a study referenced in a healthcare industry publication, 30 percents of all patient harm events resulting in malpractice claims involving EHRs were related to medication errors. Diagnostic mistakes were also common.

Delayed diagnosis tops allegation list in medical claims

People who work in emergency rooms and hospitals in California may be interested in a new report that gives insight into lawsuits filed against medical providers. The report found that more than 50% of allegations in civil claims filed against hospitals were due to a failure to make a prompt diagnosis. The report came from Coverys, a Boston-based provider of insurance.

New Harvard research model may help reduce prescription errors

Sound-alike/look-alike (SALA) medications cause an estimated 250,000 hospitalizations in California and across the United States each year. This number may soon be reduced thanks to a new model developed by Harvard Pilgrim researchers.

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