Anyone who visits a medical facility in Florida has to provide clinicians with health information that they record in medical records. Health care professionals rely on these records to make diagnostic and treatment decisions, so mistakes could harm patients. Errors in medical records are a widespread problem. An academic knowledgeable about health information and technology estimates that as many as 70 percent of all medical records contain mistakes.
He acknowledged that many errors have a low potential to harm anyone. A note that indicates someone hurt a finger on Thursday instead of Friday will not likely have any consequences. More significant errors like mixing up the prefixes hypo or hyper when describing conditions could lay the foundation for a harmful medical mistake. The U.S. health care system also has no method for uniquely identifying patients. A clinician might open the wrong record for someone who has a common name and record notes in the wrong medical record.