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Technology used for second opinions to prevent misdiagnosis

Every day, New Mexico residents visit doctors, undergo medical procedures and receive diagnoses. Much of the time, such actions are straightforward and trouble-free yet, unfortunately, that cannot be counted on to be so in every case. Doctor errors can and do occur leaving patients vulnerable to worsened conditions. Some patients choose to obtain second or even third opinions but many do not.

The Stanford University Medical Center Chief of Interventional Radiology believes that more people should seek second opinions and has co-created and launched a company designed to make it easier for patients to receive expert medical advice and second opinions. Grand Rounds is a technology-based solution that gives patients virtual access to top medical specialists around the world, creating essentially an online medical office. Electronic health records are able to be shared between patient and doctor via the cloud in a completely secure manner.

Grand Rounds was developed due to the Stanford doctor’s belief that doctor errors are far too common in the United States, reaching what he calls epidemic levels. He also indicated that 65 percent of cases funneled through Grand Rounds were noted to have been originally mistreated or misdiagnosed. The founder’s own young son had developed a rare medical condition which required persistence to be properly diagnosed and treated, furthering the doctor’s belief that patients need to exercise greater proactivity in their health care.

While the law allows for a medical malpractice lawsuit to be filed in the event of doctor negligence, the importance of preventing problems is great. If you believe you have been the victim of a medical error, consulting with an attorney may be helpful for you.

Source: Huffington Post, “Medical Second Opinions: More Necessary and Easier than You Think,” Lawrence Hofmann, September 23, 2013

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