Journal research suggests software can limit medical malpractice

According to a study released in March, data entry software can save medical facilities millions and significantly limit ultrasound and dual-energy X-ray (DEXA) radiology reporting errors. For Pennsylvania patients, such technology could potentially mean the difference between accurate reporting and medical malpractice.

The research suggests that anywhere between 6 and 28 percent of ultrasound and DEXA reports contain reporting errors. These errors can be directly attributed to data entry mistakes after the reports were taken. The study, completed at the University of Colorado, surveyed data collected from 50 DEXA and 253 ultrasound reports. Eight radiologist and over 30 sonographers were studied as a part of the journal research.

Despite the number of errors, the study concluded that only an insignificant amount were directly attributable to reporting issues. While the errors may be few, even minor data-entry mistakes can lead to major medical complications. Outside of the reported medical errors, the research also concluded that medical facilities could potentially save $1 million over the course of five years. The savings would be recouped both from fewer medical malpractice lawsuits as well as a lowered payroll costs.

Something as simple as a minor reporting error can lead to medical injury. An individual who has been harmed by medical malpractice may want to speak to an attorney immediately. An lawyer with experience in medical malpractice law could help a victim recover monetary damages for medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. In some instances, an attorney may be able to negotiate a monetary settlement with the medical provider or their insurer.

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