Watch the video below to learn what occurs when there is a failure to correctly interpret x-rays, lab results, and diagnostic tests and learn how electronic health records are handled.
0:15 Time Sensitive Testing
1:03 EHR – Electronic Health Record
1:15 Timely Actions For Diagnoses
0:15 Failure To Correctly Interpret X-Rays, Lab Results, And Diagnostic Tests: Time-Sensitive Testing
In failing to adequately interpret diagnostic studies, be they blood testing, electrophysiology, radiography, etc. The end result can be devastating. In many cases, in the case of radiography studies, a treating physician may have to make a call on an x-ray after hours. However, more and more, there is a radiologist available. But so much of medicine nowadays, in the world of technology, is attached to doing appropriate studies.
1:03 Failure To Correctly Interpret X-Rays, Lab Results, And Diagnostic Tests: EHR – Electronic Health Record
You have to know the best study to order. Once that study is ordered, you need to have it interpreted correctly. If a lab test is missed, maybe it’s not reported, maybe it is reported but the doctor never checks it or frequently, what we see now in the air of the electronic health record, is that the lab result is actually made available but not checked by the physician in a timely fashion.
1:15 Timely Actions For Diagnoses
You have to have a qualified person ordering the correct study, that study has to be done timely, that study then has to be interpreted professionally and appropriately. It then needs to be reported timely. and then the result needs to be timely looked at by the treating physician or nurse practitioner physician’s assistant, and then once it’s reported, it has to be read and acted upon.
All of these fit together for the betterment of the patient if they’re done properly. If they are not done properly, if there is a delay in any of the steps that I’ve mentioned, then negligence may have occurred and again, in the face of damages, there may be a lawsuit that could be filed.
Physicians and other healthcare professionals are trained to detect a variety of health conditions, both minor and major. Correctly diagnosing a health problem is incredibly important, as many minor health issues can rapidly develop into serious and life-threatening issues when left untreated. Serious health problems, such as cancer and heart disease, can progress with alarming speed. In many cases, it’s imperative to find a disease in its early stages so that treatment can begin right away. When doctors fail to diagnose a problem, it can be devastating for the patient.
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