Those of us who are old enough to remember when doctors kept our records in file folders, clipboards with our information hung at the foot of our hospital beds and physicians scrawled barely-legible prescriptions on pieces of paper may still be getting used to our medical records being accessed via laptops and tablets. Electronic health records have improved patient documentation and reduced the problems caused by misread handwriting. However, EHRs also come with their own set of problems that can result in medical errors -- sometimes serious ones.
When surgeons make an error or something goes wrong during surgery, are they required to tell the patient and family? They may not be.
Can your behavior affect the accuracy of your medical diagnosis? According to the recently-published results of two different studies, it appears that it can.
If you believe that you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice, the first thing that you should do is consult a Mississippi medical malpractice attorney who can help determine whether what happened is indeed malpractice under state law. There are statutes of limitations for filing medical malpractice suits. Don't let your right to justice and compensation be denied because you waited too long to act.
In our last post, we began looking at the growing recognition of the power of apologizing in the field of medical care. Honest communication and expressions of sympathy can go a long way in preventing medical malpractice litigation, and many states have passed measures explicitly protecting such communications from being used against a physician in court.
A heartfelt apology, as everyone knows, can go a long way toward resolving a dispute. This is certainly true in relationships with friends and family, and it also seems to be true in patient-provider relations. That, at least, is the experience of hospitals that have introduced enhanced communication and resolution programs which encourage physicians to have a heart-to-heart discussion with patients who have suffered a bad outcome.
Last time, we began looking at the issue of telemedicine, the risk of medical malpractice liability specific to the practice of telemedicine, and the issue of informed consent. As we noted, Mississippi is among a group of states which have progressive laws pertaining to the practice of telemedicine, including required insurance coverage and required informed consent.
The practice of medicine, wherever and whenever it occurs, always involves some degree of risk. Telemedicine, or the practice of medicine via wire communications, is no different. The practice of telemedicine is becoming increasingly popular because of its convenience and its ability to provide health care access to those in rural areas.