Valleywide Legal Blog

“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 |

Computers and Patient Safety

While there is no question that computers have been of great value in improving the ability to deliver medical care, they are anything but an unalloyed blessing.  Among the problems they bring computer systems and automated devices are expensive and … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses |

The Algorithms Are Coming

The Stanford University School of Medicine and Google have teamed up to improve medical care.  At least in part this is the result of the belief of the dean of the school that the greatest innovations in medicine going forward … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, General Health, genetic testing, health, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Infection, medical charts, Medical Costs |

Buffing the Chart

Not long ago, medical records existed primarily to convey information between health care providers to facilitate patient care.  Times have changed, however, and medical records have become necessary for what can be viewed as a host of other equally important … Read More

Posted in medical charts, medical errors, medical ethics |