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Medical field still catching up with standard technology

While residents of New Mexico incorporate technology into their everyday lives, multiple studies show that the medical field tends to overlook common technology that could make communication with patients and collaboration with colleagues easier. Furthermore, technology that could potentially help reduce the number operating room and hospital errors also goes unused.

One study suggests that most Americans will experience a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis, with possibly devastating consequences, at least once during their lifetime. While doctors concede that diagnosis is often one of the most challenging aspects of their job, there is often a breakdown in the collaboration process among the clinicians, patients and their families. While electronic health records are available in most medical facilities and could help with the collaborative process, many professionals claim they are difficult to use and inefficient.

A different study found that a medicinal error was made in almost half of the surgeries performed in one of the nation's leading health care centers. These errors included mislabeling syringes, incorrect dosages and missed medications. Even though a bar-code system was available to help prevent medicinal errors through mislabeling, the surgical staff was not using the technology.

Finally, though patients express a desire for their health professionals to communicate through texting reminders, emails and online appointment scheduling, most doctors continue to avoid these methods. One reason for the reluctance among medical professionals to use these basic forms of technology is that practices are unable to bill for these services.

If a person has experienced health complications because of a dosage error, misdiagnosis or late diagnosis, then that individual may be entitled to compensation through the court system and a malpractice claim. A lawyer experienced with cases of medical malpractice can help construct a solid case and provide representation during settlement meetings or court trials.

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