Every hospital and doctor's office have seemingly moved to electronic health records -- but that may be putting some patients in danger.
It's frustrating to be sick and not know what's wrong with you. It's even more frustrating that doctors don't always take the time to listen to their patients. Far too often, symptoms get dismissed as "just stress" instead of getting the attention that they deserve. Months (or even years) later, you learn that you actually have a serious medical condition that needs treatment.
Do you know that your odds of being misdiagnosed by your doctor are about one in 20? That's a pretty scary statistic because a misdiagnosis can -- at the very best -- delay important treatment for whatever you do have wrong. At worst, it could injure you or even take your life.
Patient abandonment is a type of medical malpractice that generally leaves the patient in a particularly fragile or vulnerable state. It most often happens when a physician decides to "wash his (or her) hands" of a patient that is -- in some fashion -- troublesome.
Nobody wants to become the victim of a medical mistake, but is there anything you can do to prevent it from happening? When you're sick, it's easy to feel powerless over your situation. That tends to make people feel as if there's nothing they can do but put their faith in the doctors and nurses in charge of their care.
If you're injured by a doctor or hospital's negligence, you generally have a right to sue that doctor or hospital -- unless you're a member of the military and the doctor or hospital that messed up your care happens to be a military doctor or hospital.
If you have any kind of serious or chronic health condition, you want your doctor to be candid about the risks you face during any course of treatment or surgical procedure.
Ordinarily, if a hospital, nurse or doctor commits a grave act of negligence that seriously injures you or kills your loved one, you can sue for malpractice.
Cancer is one of the most common health problems people can face. According to government statistics, more than 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer each year, and more than 600,000 will die.
If you're 40 or older, you probably remember a time when every doctor's office had shelves of paper files that contained the important medical records of each patient who passed through the doors. Somewhere along the line, that changed. It gradually became the norm to keep patient records on computerized files.