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Problems with computerized diagnosis

Modern health care is flooded with such massive amounts of data that it is an increasing struggle for doctors to adequately keep track of all the information. This has led to an inefficient system increasingly reliant on specialists. Arizona patients often spend a great deal of time and expense bouncing between their general care physician and sometimes dozens of specialized physicians. There is often limited communication between them. Many patients are left confused and with contradictory information. There is also a strong chance important information will be missed or miscommunicated.

7 ways to avoid misdiagnosis

Pulmonary embolism (PE) can be life threatening and is often misdiagnosed. In fact, 1 in 3 patients presenting symptoms in an emergency room will be misdiagnosed. PE is a condition that occurs when there is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. A common cause for the blockage is a clot that travels up to the lung from another part of the body.

AI could replace doctor diagnosis in the future

Most Arizona patients would agree that medical care has improved a lot in modern times.However, while doctors know more about treating diseases and anesthetics can be relied on to eliminate pain in surgery, there are still a lot of problems with modern treatment. Every year in the United States, far more people are killed by medical errors than in car accidents.

Why medical testimony may not always be trustworthy

Arizona residents may want to know more about how medical testimony may impact a case. Depending on the circumstances, a lawyer may ask another medical professional to act as an expert witness in a court case, which could help bolster or even possibly undermine an injured patient's claim against a negligent doctor. However, in a Sept. 23 media report, a retired South Dakota surgeon revealed that not all medical testimony is reliable.

How to recognize encephalitis in children before it's too late

Encephalitis is a severe inflammation of the brain typically caused by a viral infection. Many cases, especially those with children, can become serious. Encephalitis is not very common and therefore can easily be mistaken for migraines or the flu. Any undue delay in treatment from doctors can have tragic consequences. Complications can include comas, mental impairment, memory loss, paralysis, and even death.

Study shows internists most often sued over misdiagnosis

According to a study by a top medical malpractice insurer, misdiagnosis complaints are the most common insurance claims filed against internal medicine doctors in Arizona and across the United States. The study, which was conducted by The Doctors Company, also found internists are more likely to be sued over severe injuries than doctors practicing in other specialties.

Patient identification errors a big problem in U.S.

Patient identification errors are one of the top 10 health safety concerns in Arizona and across the U.S., according to a report by the nonprofit ECRI Institute. The problem is expected to become worse as more and more health care providers switch over to electronic records.

Top causes of medical errors

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have looked at approximately 35 million U.S. hospital admissions and found that nearly 200,000 patient deaths each year were attributable to medical error. That was according to a study published in BMJ, and it would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in the nation. While some in the medical community doubt the figures and how the team arrived at them, there is general agreement that there are too many errors occurring in hospitals in Arizona and around the country.

Medical malpractice data and hospital safety

Medical errors are a major concern for hospital patients in Arizona and around the country. According to a study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, medical errors in the United States caused 251,000 deaths in 2013 and are now considered the third leading cause of death. After a patient is injured or killed by a medical error, the health care providers that were responsible for the patient's care are often sued for medical malpractice.

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