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'Big Three' Diseases Account for Most Diagnostic Error Harm

Misdiagnosis-related harms are concentrated in the "big three" areas of vascular events, infections, and cancers, new research suggests. The findings, from an analysis of nearly 12,000 malpractice claims, were presented here on Thursday at a Capitol Hill briefing...

Defining Medical Error

A medical error is a preventable adverse effect of medical care, whether or not it is evident or
harmful to the patient. Among the problems that commonly occur during providing health care
are adverse drug events and improper transfusions, misdiagnosis, under and overtreatment,
surgical injuries and wrong-site surgery...

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors

Medical errors can occur anywhere in the health care system: In hospitals, clinics, surgery centers,
doctors' offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, and patients' homes. Errors can involve medicines, surgery, diagnosis, equipment, or lab reports...

Health Care & the $20,000 Bruise

As a doctor and lawyer, I like to think I'm pretty good at navigating the healthcare system. So when my wife and I found a large swollen bruise on our 3-year-old son's head more than a week after he had fallen off his scooter, I was confident we could get him a CT scan at a reasonable cost...

It Ain't Necessarily So:
Why Much of the Medical Literature is Wrong

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote to the New York Sun to ask, "Is there a Santa Claus?"[1] Virginia's father, Dr. Phillip O'Hanlon, suggested that course of action because "if you see it in the Sun, it's so." Today many clinicians and health professionals may share the same faith in the printed word and
assume that if it says it in...

More Doctors Are Better At Using EHRs But More Claim EHRs Far Less Helpful

A new survey by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) found that most U.S. doctors are more proficient using electronic medical records (EMR) than they were two years ago, but fewer believe that EMR has improved treatment decisions, reduced medical errors or improved health outcomes...

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