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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.

Software can cut costs and reduce medical errors

Patients in New York may understand the consequences that a medical error can have. A study from the University of Colorado found that data entry errors were made by radiologists in up to 28 percent of ultrasound and DEXA reports. By having computer software enter the data, it could be possible to increase accuracy while saving up to $1 million in costs.

Misdiagnosis a major threat of medical malpractice

When people in New York enter the hospital, the last thing they want to think about is the danger of medical errors or a misdiagnosis. However, it can be important to keep the risk of a mistaken diagnosis in mind since diagnostic errors were the primary reason for medical malpractice claims being filed across the country between 2013 and 2017. In a report produced by a malpractice insurance company, statistics showed that a full one-third of all the claims that were made related to doctor or hospital error in diagnosing the patient.

More companies offering second opinion services to employees

More companies in New York and across the U.S. are offering second opinion services to their employees. These services cut down on misdiagnoses and reduce overall healthcare costs. According to data from the National Business Group on Health, 66 percent of companies now have second opinion services on their employee health care plans. In 2017, that number was only 47 percent.

Reducing the number of cellulitis misdiagnoses

New York residents who have suffered from cellulitis probably know that the condition is hard to diagnose correctly. Many patients can be diagnosed with a similar condition called pseudocellulitis, so called because the symptoms (red, warm, swollen, tender skin) are almost exactly the same. This can be a critical mistake because cellulitis, being a bacterial infection, can spread to the blood vessels and cause a blood infection.

Bile duct injuries: the cause and their symptoms

In New York and elsewhere, surgical errors are all too common. In gallbladder surgery, for instance, the surgeon may traumatize the bile duct, causing it to form scars and become narrower. This condition is known as a bile duct stricture. When bile is prevented from draining into the intestine, it can back up into the liver and leak into the abdominal cavity. The result is obstructive jaundice.

Report says nursing homes abuse patients with sedation

Many nursing homes in New York and across the U.S. are abusing their patients through the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs, according to areport released by Human Rights Watch. To use these drugs as a way to control patients' behavior is a violation of federal regulations as well as of international human rights laws.

What to do after a medical error

When a New York resident goes to the doctor or another medical professional, that person expects a certain level of care. However, it is possible that a procedure will not go as hoped. In some cases, a patient may be worse off after a procedure than he or she was before the error occurred. Those who are the victim of a medical expert's mistake may want to take legal action.

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