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Study shows data entry software could limit medical errors

According to recently published research, data entry software can not only can save medical facilities millions but also significantly limit ultrasound and dual-energy X-ray (DEXA) radiology reporting errors. For Kentucky patients, this could be the difference between accurate and inaccurate medical records.

The study, which was conducted at the University of Colorado and published in March 2018, suggests that there are data entry errors in 6 to 28 percent of all ultrasound and DEXA reports. The study collected data from 253 ultrasound and 50 DEXA reports. The reports were collected from eight radiologists and over 30 sonographers.

The results of the study show that side errors were fairly rare. Regardless, even minor errors in data entry can lead to incorrect or incomplete medical records. These small mistakes can spiral into serious medical errors or misdiagnoses over time. Beyond the results related to medical errors, the reports also indicate potential savings of nearly $1 million for medical institutions over a five-year span. This could mean major savings for hospitals as data entry software may lead to fewer lawsuits and decreased payroll costs.

Even a minor error in radiology reporting can cause a significant medical injury. An individual who has been injured by medical malpractice may wish to speak to legal counsel. An attorney with experience in medical malpractice law could help a victim recover monetary damages by examining medical records, consulting experts and conducting legal research. In some instances, an attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement with the medical provider or their insurer.

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