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Medical Record Confidentiality.

As patients, we have an expectation that our medical records will remain confidential. After all, there are few records more personal than our medical records, which may describe the most intimate details of our personal lives. Confidentiality is important to … Read More

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Another Perspective on Healthcare Consolidation

Here is a piece that a friend of mine sent me.  It appeared in a healthcare blog.  It recounts a probably fictional event in which a doctor saw a briefing paper intended for a hospital executive but accidentally left behind … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Secrecy |

Patients Aren’t The Only Ones Being Injured By Our Health Care System

I have written from time to time about the priority our health care system gives to making money.  The most important goal for our health care system should be addressing the health issues of the patient.  Instead, making money is … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical ethics |

Lots of Malpractice Out There

There is often a debate about just how much medical malpractice there is.  Advocates for the medical industry and their insurance companies would have you believe that there is very little malpractice and that lawsuits claiming malpractice are almost always … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Malpractice costs, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, never events, Nurses, Secrecy |

Misdiagnosis: The Most Common Form of Malpractice

A recent article in the peer-reviewed medical journal Diagnosis concluded, “[D]iagnostic errors remain the most common, most catastrophic, and most costly of serious medical errors . . . .” The researchers were from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and … Read More

Posted in blood infections, Cancer, Doctors, General Health, Infection, Lawsuits, Lung Cancer, medical charts, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, Sepsis, Stroke |

“The Computer Will See You Now.”

Artificial intelligence is reshaping the world and medicine is one of the areas in which it is changing things rapidly with much more to come. Dr. Eric Topol wears many hats.  He is a cardiologist, a professor of genomics, director … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, science news, Secrecy |

To Autopsy Or Not?

When a loved one dies, the family they leave behind are understandably grief stricken.  Senses are numbed, tears are shed, final arrangements are made, often in a haze of grief.  Questions about why the loved one died and whether medical … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

You Have a Right to Your Medical Records.

With rare exceptions, there can be no claim for medical malpractice without the medical records.  Juries give a lot of weight to the medical records.  Pretty much, if it is in the medical records, the jury will believe it no … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, plaintiff, Secrecy |

Computer Problems Cause Medical Errors

Banner Health is big.  Not only is it the largest health care system in the state of Arizona, it is our largest employer as well.  When it has computer problems, many patients are likely to be affected.  This was the … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical charts, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, plaintiff |

The Walmarting of American Medicine

Where do you go when you need to see a doctor?  For many Americans, the answer is no longer “to my family doctor.”  Patient visits to family practice doctors have been declining for years.  Many of these patients now take … Read More

Posted in Doctors, health, healthy living, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Pharmacies |