Study: mobile apps may help lower misdiagnoses

One of the primary causes of medical malpractice injury in Pennsylvania is misdiagnosis and miscommunication. It's not uncommon for doctors to correctly diagnose a condition but for wires to get crossed between the diagnosis and the actual treatment administered. In a recent study, some researchers concluded that mobile apps can improve accuracy in test ordering and diagnosis among doctors.

The study, published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, was conducted by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Disease Control. The study reflects that mobile apps, specifically those related to detecting hematologic disorders, can greatly increase a doctor's ability to diagnose disorders and order appropriate lab testing. This is particularly useful given the difficulty normally associated with diagnosing such conditions.

According to the researchers, they intend to continue evaluating mobile apps designed to assist medical professionals in diagnosing illnesses. Ultimately, their goal is to identify apps that can assist physician decision-making and be easily integrated into standard doctor workflow. It's critical that these apps aren't just effective; they should also be easy to adopt by physicians during their normal duties. Accurate diagnoses and intuitive laboratory testing will likely lead to a sharp decrease in misdiagnosis-related malpractice.

A victim of misdiagnosis may have the basis for a medical malpractice claim. They could be entitled to recover monetary damages related to any injuries or related complications. An attorney with experience in medical malpractice law may help the victim by advising them on the strength of the claim. The lawyer could also make a thorough investigation of the claim and determine if recovering damages is likely.

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