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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine

Individuals are becoming much more accustomed to having smart systems such as Siri, Alexa and Cortana provide assistance, guidance or advice on a daily basis. As this technology increases, more healthcare providers are exploring the viability of artificial intelligence and the benefits that machine learning might ultimately have on diagnostic medicine. The reliance on any emerging technology must be tempered with careful attention to both the benefits and the dangers inherent in its use.

The use of intelligent machines to aid in diagnosing complex conditions might provide a workforce benefit – but it might also provide a dangerous shortcut that could result in a fatally incorrect diagnosis.

Defensive Medicine: The Undoing of Sound Medical Practice

“I will prescribe regimen for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.” Hippocrates.

This is the oath that every physician is bound to follow. Over the years, however, some members of the medical profession have been chipping away at the oath’s core by engaging in ‘defensive medicine.’

Hospital negligence: Failing to perform due diligence when hiring

Negligently hiring a doctor or surgeon with a checkered past could result in a hospital being held liable for injuries that come to patients. Hospitals that don't consider the people they hire put their patients at risk, which is unacceptable.

When a hospital is held liable for poor hiring choices, it's called vicarious liability. Vicarious liability holds the hospital liable when a doctor or other staff member makes a mistake that harms a patient. It's held liable under the theory of "respondeat superior."

What to know about physical therapy

After surgery, your primary source of information on your recovery tends to be your physical therapist. They know your timelines and recovery estimates and see you a few times a week. But is that enough for you to truly know how your recovery is progressing?

Physical therapy can help many kinds of ailments, and decrease pain without the use of drugs. However, it is important that all patients take a proactive role in getting better, and to help with that here is a list of possible red flags you should watch for during your physical therapy.

Heart Attack In Women - The Deadly Misdiagnosis

Nearly everyone in the United States has at least an anecdotal understanding of the symptoms of a heart attack. Whether it was a family member, a friend, a co-worker or a classmate everyone recognizes the classic symptoms - chest pain, shortness of breath, a numbing sensation in the left arm. Unfortunately, there has been a historical disparity between how men and women experience the symptoms of a heart attack - and this has led to a shockingly common occurrence of missed or misdiagnoses.

Failure To Monitor Pain Medication Can Lead To Medical Malpractice

Several times a year there are news stories highlighting a celebrity's addiction to prescription pain medication. Whether it is a sports star, a musician, an actor or another type of high-profile celebrity, these issues serve to highlight a larger problem throughout society. Pain medication abuse and addiction can have a devastating impact on an individual's life - leading to death in severe cases.

Medical professionals from doctors to nurses to pharmacists are relied upon to carefully monitor the prescription and use of pain meds. Medications like Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin can have a stronger, more addictive impact than many illegal narcotics.

Healthcare Insurance Trap

Walk into a hospital emergency room and you will likely be given a pile of documents which you will only have a brief time (if any time) to review and then sign. The problem is that by signing these documents you may subject yourself to a financial commitment to pay out of pocket for your care even if you carry insurance. This is because physicians may treat you even though they don't accept your insurance. The end result could be a huge bill.

5 Commonly Missed Diagnoses

Medical negligence can take many forms. From surgical errors to prescribing a dangerous combination of medication, patients can suffer serious conditions. Unfortunately, a wide array of medical malpractice cases can be directly traced back to diagnostic errors - either delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a condition.

Medical professionals have a vast array of diagnostic tools available to them to determine an illness, infection, disease or life-altering condition. From blood tests to imaging to neurological examination, a doctor can follow numerous paths to arrive at a diagnosis and develop a course of treatment. However, it is not uncommon for crucial data to be missed or misinterpreted.

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