Friday, August 31, 2012

Advancements in Medical Technology

As Technology Advances, Patients Believe Medical Errors Will Decrease 

According to an article published in Healthcare Informatics, Americans are becoming more confident in healthcare technology that helps reduce medical mistakes. The survey by Wolters Kluwer Health stated that out of one thousand U.S. consumers aged 18 and older, 68 percent believe that as technology advances in the medical field, medical errors should decrease.  

About a third of those that participated in the study said that medical mistakes have been experienced either by them or by someone they know. These mistakes include getting the wrong treatment, medication or dosage.  

Studies have shown that hospitals have reduced mortality rates, shorter lengths of stays and overall improvements in the quality of care when they adopt certain clinical decision support systems, according to the article.  

More than one-third of Americans believe that poor communication among hospital workers is the top reason why medical errors take place. Other reasons as to why medical mistakes happen are because of staff feeling fatigued, staffing shortages and doctors and nurses being in a hurry.  

Snyder and Wenner, P.C.

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