The Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) recently released a report documenting a little-discussed subcategory of medical malpractice issues: technology-related mistakes. While technological advances have dramatically improved patient care generally, there is a flip side to all good things. Here, the flip side is a set of hidden hazards.
In its study, the ECRI pointed out ten of the biggest risks associated with technology in hospitals. Each of these hazards could result in claims for catastrophic injuries. This will be the first of two posts that look at some of the interesting findings in ECRI's study.
Two of the ECRI's concerns deal with something patients have no doubt noticed in recent years: hospitals and medical centers are increasingly relying on electronic records-keeping systems. Electronic records make it easier for hospitals to keep all staff informed about a patient's medical background and other information. Other computer systems automate some routine aspects of patient care by accessing these records.
Continue reading New Study: Dangerous Technology-Related Hospital Problems, Part 1
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