Computerized records may cause medical mistakes

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2017 | Medical Malpractice |

Whether you have visited a health care provider in Virginia one time in the past, or dozens of times, that information should all be in your medical records. This should be reviewed every time you go to a facility or provider because past issues may inform the present diagnosis and treatment. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we often advise people whose health has been compromised by misdiagnoses and other medical mistakes.

According to Healthcare IT News, the accuracy of your record and how it is used may depend on its format. When it is digitized, there are unique risks that could affect your diagnosis, treatment and outcome.

The way that the designers of the software perceive the need to organize the data and the way that health care providers review and use it may be drastically different. If these factors are not discussed with the IT people before a system is implemented, it may be challenging for doctors, nurses and other providers to find the information they need when they are discussing your diagnosis and treatment options with you. It is also essential for them to receive adequate instruction before walking into your room and opening your record.

If you have ever had a computer that crashed, you understand the fallibility of technology. When it is your health on the line, putting all your faith in the hardware and software where your information is stored may be difficult.

Because many systems are still relatively new, researchers have not been able to collect much data on success and failure rates of digitized records, but they speculate that during the implementation period, the rate of medical mistakes may remain high. More information about health care provider errors is available on our web page.