The Link Between Medical Records and Patient Safety
While medical providers undergo many years of schooling and training, they are human like everyone else. That means they can make mistakes, some of which can have devastating consequences. Some medical record mistakes are more common than others, such as:
- Copying and pasting inaccurate notes from a previous patient record into a new one to reduce time spent on data entry
- Linking a medical record to the wrong patient
- Providing a patient with the wrong medication or wrong dose
- Overlooking potential drug interactions
- Poor implementation of an electronic health records system
How Medical Record Errors Can Be Prevented
Hospitals, clinics, and other medical organizations must implement good practices to prevent errors and ensure they’re compliant
with the Cures Act. However, the Cures Act can also vastly improve patient safety by ensuring easy access to essential health information. No one knows their health like the patient themself so giving them access to review their records is the best way to minimize medical errors.
improves patient healthcare by providing your information in easy-to-understand language free of medical jargon. This allows you to address any concerns you have about your medical record as soon as possible. It also ensures you can play a proactive role in your health and wellness, which is essential to good medical care.