Many articles and new stories have been written on medical errors. It's scary stuff. I've seen statistics such as 400,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors.
While that is certainly scary, I have learned that there are often documentation errors that exist in each patient's chart. Some of these might be a diagnosis that was incorrectly selected in an electronic pick list, some might be that a patient was mistaken for another patient by the time the provider sat down to document the visit, and others might be a simple left and right confusion.
All of these have happened to a member of my family, and we didn't know about it until we read the notes from her visits. The scary part is that her other providers see that information, and make decisions based on it.
- It's referenced in cases of emergency.
- At annual check ups, the documentation is referenced to see whether it was the right leg or the left leg and then the wrong leg is evaluated at the check up.
- Additional, unnecessary tests are ordered because of inaccurate information, leading to even higher healthcare costs for us, our employers, and our insurance providers.
The Health Information Portability and Accessibility Act (HIPAA) gives you the right to see what is in your medical record and the right to get it corrected. Just like with your credit report and bank statement, you should review your medical information for errors. So far, nobody in our family has had a record without errors.
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