Oklahoma patients may be interested to know that data entry software can limit errors in dual-energy x-ray and ultrasound radiology results. According to researchers at the University of Colorado, the software can also save as much as $1 million worth of radiologist wages over a span of five years.
The study conducted by the researchers showed that the data entry errors made by sonographers or radiologists varied depending on the type of report produced. However, the errors were present is six to 28 percent of the DEXA and ultrasound reports.
The study involved the collection and analysis of the side error and measurement data from 50 DEXA absorptiometry and 253 ultrasound reports. The reports were obtained from 30 sonographers and eight radiologists. The errors that occur in radiology reports can form the basis of a lawsuit if the inaccuracy of the reporting results in patient mismanagement. Additionally, medical errors, regardless of their severity, can lead to a misdiagnosis, expensive and extended stays in the hospital and other grave consequences.
The results of the study indicated that the occurrence of side errors was rare. Over a span of five years, the researchers estimated that $693,777 in radiologist wages would be saved by using data entry software. For sonographer wages, the savings total $130,771 over the same time period. According to an author of the study, the figures obtained were underestimates as just a portion of the total examinations were targeted. If all types of ultrasound studies would be taken into account, the savings from using the software would be significantly higher.
A personal injury attorney could file a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of clients who were harmed by medical testing errors. Financial compensation may be pursued for misdiagnoses and other acts of medical negligence that resulted in worsened medical conditions.