Radiation is something that people come in contact with every day. Televisions, household devices like microwaves, natural gas heating implements all emit radiation. Radioactive particles are even in the water we drink and the soil our crops grow from.
However, the amount of radioactivity that one would receive from factors such as these are so low that they are not of must consequence. When cell phones started to become popular, people were concerned of the amount of radiation and that they could be linked to brain cancer. The National Cancer Institute conducted a study and found that the amount of radiation they emitted had no effect on the brain or central nervous system. Similar findings were also reported by the FCC and the FDA.
Yet, radiation from medical imaging procedures, such as X-Rays or CT Scans, can do more harm than good if too many are administered. Medical imaging tests should be performed only when necessary.
A recent report, from insurance agency Coverys, showed that 80% of all diagnosis-related malpractice claims are a result of clinical tests being misinterpreted. In the radiology claims that alleging a diagnostic failure, cancer misdiagnoses were most common. In other cases, lack of follow up on abnormal test results, such as from radiology or primary care, put patients at risk of a high-severity injuries.
It was also discovered that radiology related claims were the second highest number of claims reported in a five-year period. Finally, 80% of claims, where radiology was a cause, result in patients are suffering permanent injury or fatal.
The report also had recommendations to reduce risks associated with radiology. As far as the report itself these included standardizing treatment protocols, highlighting incidental findings, and developing reporting templates.
An interoperable system would also help to reduce risk. This would prevent clinicians from ordering an imaging examination that would be redundant. Interoperability would also allow doctors, and examiners, to make better decisions based off the health information history of a patient.
Melodon Healthcare Solutions can help your healthcare organization to have a better understanding of interoperability which can save time, money, and lives.and how to improve the quality of care to your patients and reduce costs.