Study Finds Medical Technology Could Lead to New Problems

While many experts believe new technology is the best way to prevent errors in hospitals and doctor’s offices, a recent study found that implementing such upgrades may actually create new safety risks if the technology isn’t properly used.

The study, entitled “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems For Better Care” and published by the Institute of Medicine, found that poor design, planning, and implementation of information technology are responsible for medical errors that have resulted in medical malpractice claims being filed against hospitals and medical staff. Several cases examined in the study cited medication errors involving incorrect dosage and types of drugs being given to patients. These errors were recorded while implementing certain computerized prescription filling programs at some hospitals. Other documented mistakes include delays in care caused by system glitches.

Researchers concluded the best way to prevent these types of mistakes, along with the resulting fatalities and injuries, is to create a more transparent reporting system for these types of medical errors and enhancing the monitoring of such products.

The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm believe that doctors and medical staff have a responsibility to protect the well-being of patients regardless of problems with instruments and computers. Failure to do so could be considered negligent, and anyone who has suffered because of such a mistake is encouraged by the firm to explore their legal rights.