The Daily

Medical Record Keeping Error

Transparency and patient safety are a problem in health care around the globe – not just in the US.

In 2018, the largest peer review in NHS and Northern Ireland’s history identified numerous concerns regarding a neurology practice, including lack of proper clinical investigation, inaccurate diagnoses, poor prescribing practices, poor recording keeping, lack of openness and effective communication, inappropriate treatment, and the risks of clinicians working in isolation.

Patients worldwide are increasingly being invited to access their full electronic health records online. Much attention has been paid to easing doctors’ anxieties about the potential risks of increased litigation after shared access 34Considerably less thought has been devoted to whether online record access might protect victims from medical negligence or intentional wrongdoing. This propensity to focus on doctors’ legal woes rather than patients is telling. Greater transparency and more eyes on the charts can help support patients and clinicians, especially when medical procedures are inconsistent, unnecessary, or when clinical documentation is at odds with expected practice.

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When patients are victims: access to online records and medical misconduct