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Data entry software could help prevent radiology errors

On March 20, researchers published the results of a study that found that data entry software could reduce ultrasound and dual-energy x-ray errors for patients in Florida and elsewhere. It was also found that the software could save up to $1 million in radiology costs over a period of five years.

The study found that errors in data entry occurred in 6 percent to 28 percent of DEXA and ultrasound reports. When the data entry software was used, the results showed that side errors were reduced. Researchers noted however that, while the potential savings could have an impact on hospitals, the initial cost of installing the software system could be difficult for some healthcare providers.

Radiology errors and inaccurate reporting could lead to patient mismanagement and medical errors. While some medical errors could be relatively minor, others could result in a misdiagnosis, ineffective treatment and lengthier hospital stays. If the error results in harm to a patient, the hospital could also face lawsuits as a result. As such, reducing radiology reporting errors could save the hospital money and provide patients with higher quality care.

Florida patients expect their doctors and other healthcare providers to efficiently diagnose their ailments and provide effective treatment. However, there is always the chance that a professional will misread x-rays and other diagnostic tests. When this happens, medical errors could prevent a patient from getting the treatment he or she needs in a timely manner. If the errors were caused by negligence, a medical malpractice attorney may help a patient who has been harmed with filing a claim against the doctor and the hospital.

Source: Health Imaging, "Radiology software can save $1M, reduce errors in bone density image reporting", Matt O'Connor, March 23, 2018

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