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Patient matching errors the subject of letter to Congress

In 2009, the HITECH Act mandated the use of electronic health records by healthcare organizations. This has given rise to unique issues in patient matching and identification, however, which reportedly result in healthcare organizations losing billions of dollars each year in malpractice claims. In New York and across the U.S., patients have suffered from medication errors, wrong site surgery and other forms of malpractice on account of these issues.

Study finds condition causing vision loss often goes undiagnosed

Many New York residents are aware that their vision may decline as they age. To prevent this, many people regularly visit eye doctors or other trained eye care professionals to ensure that their eyes are still healthy. However, a study published in JAMA Opthalmology found that some eye care professionals were failing to diagnose a serious eye degeneration condition.

Is having ADHD a driving liability?

If you suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, you are not alone. Many New York motorists have the condition. It is incurable, though it can be safely managed with medications, therapy and other treatments. Many diagnosed individuals rely on medications to manage their symptoms. However, there are many individuals who forgo treatment or do not know they suffer from it. 

Drowsiness a hazard in the rideshare industry

Drowsy driving has long been a public safety issue in New York and the rest of the nation. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately 328,000 annual crashes occur in the U.S. due to drowsy driving; 109,000 of those crashes result in injuries and 6,400 involve a fatality. Drowsy driving has become so widespread that the National Transportation Safety Board has included "reduce fatigue-related accidents" in its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List of life-saving changes.

Mobile app helps prevent misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis can be a major concern for New York patients, as studies indicate that around 5 percent of all patients across the country receive an incorrect diagnosis from their doctor each year. Some tools that are being developed to help decrease the chance of a mistaken diagnosis and improve accuracy include mobile apps that give doctors additional guidance and insight when ordering lab tests or making a diagnosis. Many of these apps are untested and do not have research to back up their use, but one study at Baylor College of Medicine examined PTT Advisor, an app created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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