Back in 2005, a 22-year-old Rhode Island college student was working out when she discovered an unusual golf ball-sized lump near her groin. At first, she thought it might have been a sports injury. But, when the lump hadn't disappeared a month later, she became worried and went to the doctor.
Attempting to measure the cost of medical mistakes is not an easy feat, since the most sensationalized medical errors, brought to the public's attention in jury trials, only account for about 10 percent of medical malpractice cases.
It is widely believed that digitizing medical records will reduce the number of medical malpractice claims in the long term. But, in the short term, chances are good that claims of medical negligence will actually increase.