New System for Patients to Report Medical Mistakes – New York Times – 22 September 2012

Posted on September 25, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics, Patient Participation |

New System for Patients to Report Medical Mistakes – New York Times – 22 September 2012

“The Obama administration wants consumers to report medical mistakes and unsafe practices by doctors, hospitals, pharmacists and others who provide treatment.

Hospitals say they are receptive to the idea, despite concerns about malpractice liability and possible financial penalties for poor performance.

In a flier drafted for the project, the government asks: “Have you recently experienced a medical mistake? Do you have concerns about the safety of your health care?” And it urges patients to contact a new “consumer reporting system for patient safety.” The government says it will use information submitted by patients to make health care safer.

Federal officials say that medical mistakes often go unreported, and that patients have potentially useful information that could expose reasons for drug mix-ups, surgery on the wrong body part, radiation overdoses and myriad other problems that cause injuries, infections and tens of thousands of deaths each year.

Hospitals and even some doctors say the proposal has merit. “It’s a great concept,” said Nancy E. Foster, a vice president of the American Hospital Association. “The idea is welcome.”  ”

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