Debates about the safety of full-body scanners at airports and data privacy concerns about electronic medical records have been hot topics in the news in the last few months. But are they the largest technology threats to personal health and patient safety?
A new study from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) found that medical errors happen to one of every seven hospitalized patients on Medicare. These medical mistakes cost the federal government over $4.4 billion and cause about 180,000 patient deaths each year - many deaths that could be prevented.
Rhode Island Hospital has been fined $300,000 for a surgical error that left a piece of broken drill bit in a patient's skull. The Rhode Island Department of Health has twice previously fined the hospital, but this is the largest fine it has received thus far.
Two military hospital births in 2002 and 2005 were anything but routine, leaving one child dead and another permanently disabled with cerebral palsy.