Health information technology essential in preventing medical malpractice lawsuits

Health information technology may be the answer to avoiding medical malpractice lawsuits by preventing misdiagnosis, a report from the JAMA Internal Medicine journal stated.

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers studied malpractice cases covered by Massachusetts’s two largest medical liability insurers since January 2005 to December 2009.

According to the research, most errors in diagnoses stem from failures in physical check-ups, evaluating symptoms, and gathering facts about the patient’s family’s medical history; failure to submit the patient to laboratory tests; and forgetting to follow up with the patient.

Lead author Dr. Gordon Schiff said that more than 25% cases filed in the National Practitioner Data Bank involving medical malpractice payouts are comprised of diagnostic errors.

Other contributors to malpractice claims include medications, medical treatment, and communication.

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