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Familiar Technology May Help Patients Remember Instructions

When we are under the care of a physician, we know how important it is to understand the instructions we are given in regard to our treatment. A successful recovery from an illness or condition could be contingent upon following a doctor’s directions to the letter. In order to avoid serious medical mistakes, doctors should be able to clearly explain the details of medication dosages and other pertinent aspects of a patient’s care.

But sometimes it can be difficult to take in everything that a doctor tells us. Such a breakdown in communication could lead to vital medical instructions being forgotten or misinterpreted. In response to this problem, a neurosurgeon has come up with the simple idea of making a video recording of patient-doctor interactions.

You see, the neurosurgeon noticed that it was very difficult to pass on postoperative information to patients who were just recovering from the effects of anesthesia. So he is now attempting to get venture capital firms interested in his idea to create a video service. Basically, the plan is for doctors to record meetings with patients. The video recording would then be stored online and patients could later access it for viewing.

But no matter what technology is employed now or in the future, doctors have the responsibility of exercising an acceptable level of care when diagnosing and treating patients. Should a patient suffer an injury due to a doctor not providing adequate care, then that doctor should be held accountable for his or her negligence.

Should you ever be injured or lose a family member as a result of a doctor’s negligence, you may want to contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney. The attorney could delve into the records pertaining to the case and may be able to help you determine your best legal options.

Source: Upstart Business Journal, “Doc develops video service for patient instructions,” Angela Gonzales, Dec. 28, 2014

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