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Are electronic health records safe?

In Louisiana and across the United States, electronic health records have taken over as a simplified method doctors use to document patient interactions, transmit prescriptions, share medical records with other professionals, order lab tests and communication the results with patients. While this advanced technology was designed to reduce medical errors involving healthcare records, it may have opened the door to new types of negligence and mistakes. 

Why should you bring a family member with you to the doctor?

When you have an important doctor's visit to attend in Louisiana, one of the first things you may consider doing is bringing a family member with you for moral support and comfort. However, are there more benefits to this decision than those? If you go about the appointment in the right way and disclose your expectations to your family member ahead of time, having his or her accompaniment can be highly beneficial. 

Patient education can provide empowerment, reduce errors

Despite the fact that people would like to think that their doctor is invincible and will never make a mistake, medical providers in Louisiana are at risk of human error just like everyone else. As such, it is critical that patients recognize those risks and how to actively mitigate them in order to better protect themselves and their well-being. When patients are educated and equipped with the information, they need to provide support to their doctor, they can feel more confident about their doctor's ability to provide the highest level of care. 

Medical malpractice: misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis?

Medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death among Americans, according to U.S. News & World Report. Errors by healthcare employees result in 250,000 deaths annually, which is around 10 percent of deaths in the United States each year.

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