In a push to become more efficient, many doctors and hospitals have instituted Electronic Health Records, or EHR, systems, many of which rely upon computerized provider order entry systems, or CPOE. Though these electronic systems are meant to increase patient safety and improve care, they, like all computerized systems, are only as good as the data that goes into them.
The REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) would require any proposed federal regulation with an estimated economic impact of $100 million or more to be approved by Congress before going into effect. The act is on its way to the U.S. Senate, after passing the House of Representatives last month.
The Committee for Justice for All (CJA) has compiled its annual report for 2012 that outlines medical malpractice case filings, patient safety errors, claims paid and premiums charged to health care providers.
Does This Medical Error Story Sound Familiar? Suppose you have gone to your doctor time and time again complaining about the same symptoms, but your doctor dismisses it as fatigue. Then, all of a sudden, your symptoms which were once simply