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How Technology is Transforming Medical Negligence Prevention

Tech's Role in Reducing Medical Errors

Technology is revolutionising the healthcare landscape, offering innovative solutions to enhance patient safety and minimise the risk of medical negligence. From electronic health records to artificial intelligence, technological advancements are transforming how healthcare professionals deliver care, ultimately improving outcomes for patients. We will also highlight how you can start a medical negligence claim.

The Rise of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have emerged as a game-changer in healthcare, replacing traditional paper-based records with digital platforms. EHRs store comprehensive patient data, including medical history, diagnoses, medications, allergies, and test results. This centralised and easily accessible information empowers healthcare professionals with a holistic view of the patient’s health, facilitating informed decision-making and reducing the likelihood of errors.

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Streamlining Communication and Collaboration

One of the significant advantages of EHRs lies in their ability to streamline communication and collaboration among healthcare providers. By providing a shared platform for accessing patient information, EHRs foster seamless communication between doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other specialists involved in a patient’s care. This real-time exchange of information minimises the risk of miscommunication, ensuring that everyone is on the same page and can make coordinated decisions.

Enhancing Medication Safety

Medication errors are a leading cause of medical negligence, often resulting in adverse events and patient harm. Technology plays a crucial role in enhancing medication safety through various mechanisms. Electronic prescribing systems, for example, allow healthcare providers to electronically transmit prescriptions directly to pharmacies, eliminating the risk of illegible handwriting and misinterpretation.

Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS)

Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) are another valuable tool in preventing medical negligence. These systems leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to analyse vast amounts of patient data and provide evidence-based recommendations to healthcare professionals. CDSS can alert clinicians to potential drug interactions, contraindications, or dosage errors, prompting them to reconsider their decisions or seek further clarification.

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The Power of Telemedicine

Telemedicine has gained significant traction in recent years, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This technology enables remote consultations and healthcare delivery through video conferencing, phone calls, and other digital platforms. Telemedicine improves access to healthcare services, particularly for individuals in remote or underserved areas. Additionally, it allows for timely consultations with specialists, ensuring that patients receive expert opinions and treatment recommendations promptly, which can be crucial in preventing medical negligence.

Surgical Robots and Minimally Invasive Procedures

In the realm of surgery, technological advancements have led to the development of surgical robots and minimally invasive procedures. These innovations offer several benefits, including reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, and decreased risk of complications. Surgical robots, guided by skilled surgeons, can perform complex procedures with precision and accuracy, minimising the risk of human error and improving surgical outcomes. Minimally invasive procedures, which involve smaller incisions and less trauma to the body, are associated with a lower risk of infection and other complications compared to traditional open surgeries.

Making a Medical Negligence Claim with National Claims

At National Claims, we understand the profound impact that medical negligence can have on your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you believe you or a family member has suffered harm due to substandard medical care, such as misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, surgical errors, or medication errors, we are here to help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

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We understand that every medical negligence case is unique, and we’re here to offer you a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your specific situation. During this consultation, we’ll take the time to listen compassionately to your experience, carefully review your medical records, and assess the potential strength of your claim.

Our team will then connect you with a qualified solicitor from our panel who specialises in medical negligence claims. This ensures that you receive expert legal representation to guide you through the complex legal process and advocate for your rights.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.

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