Characterizing prescription errors as “relatively common but preventable,” The Pharmaceutical Journal has published recommendations for preventing the mistakes, which can represent threats to patient safety.
After testing a new tool that assesses depressive symptom severity, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have concluded that it may accurately predict suicide risk.
If a provider is sued for medical malpractice, an improper alteration of the patient’s medical record may very well destroy his or her ability to defend the case. This is true even if the medical care in question was entirely appropriate.
Hospitals aren’t the only facilities at risk. Private practices, which typically do not have onsite IT personnel, are vulnerable to ransomware and other attacks by hackers.