With the emergence of COVID-19, the rising cost of medical care, and the aging populHealth
With the emergence of COVID-19, the rising cost of medical care, and the aging population, healthcare is at the top of American minds. That said, there’s one health culprit that often gets overlooked—medical error.
A recent John Hopkins Medicine study suggests that medical error causes an estimated 250,000 deaths per year in the United States, only being surpassed by heart disease and cancer.
In addition to beating out respiratory disease for third place, the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality cites that one in seven Medicare patients in the hospital will experience a medical error.
If you’re like us, you’re probably thinking, “how is this even possible?
From your first doctor visit, to treatment and then recovery, there are mistakes that can happen along the way that could impact your healing or even threaten your life. Here are a few common ways medical errors happen in the healthcare system:
Hospital visits are stressful enough without having to worry about avoidable and life-threatening healthcare mistakes. Here are some ways you can protect you and your family.
To learn more about how you can protect yourself from medical errors, see the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Patient Fact Sheet.
Typically, your medical records are all over the place; walk-in clinics, one-off hospital visits, different specialists, your old family doctor from before you moved. Health providers often have to make important decisions about your health without your complete medical records, which can lead to mistakes in diagnosis, treatment, or recovery. Accessing your complete records becomes particularly critical in the event of an emergency, when traveling abroad, or living with a chronic disease and seeing multiple specialists in a short period of time.
VITALL is a secure health app that collects, organizes, and stores your health information and records for you, so you can access them whenever and wherever you need them. VITALL also offers Caregiver and Family Plans, where you can access your loved one’s important health information with the click of a button.
To learn more about how VITALL works, features, and plans, or to book a time to have one of our Health Information Managers guide you through registration, please visit www.VITALL.com.