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Improving medical communication in North Carolina

Communication between doctors and patients and doctors and medical staff is an essential part of properly diagnosing and caring for people. If a patient's symptoms are not properly documented, it can prevent physicians from being able to accurately determine a diagnosis and prescribe correct treatment.

The issue is not isolated to just patients and doctors. It is also important that medical staff communicate properly with each other. This can mean ensuring that a physician knows exactly what symptoms a patient has and if they develop new ones. Electronic medical records were expected to resolve many communication problems, but not everyone thinks they make things better.

With EMRs, doctors and medical staff are supposed to be able to input information that is available to anyone who looks at a patient's records. This has helped to reduce instances where patient information was not documented, but some doctors feel that these records are communication killers. Instead of having a discussion about a particular problem or symptom, doctors and staff are reportedly just assuming that all of the information they need is in the patient record, and that may not always be the case.

If patients or medical staff are not aware of the patient's condition and its severity, it can lead to a variety of problems, including hospital negligence, surgical errors and misdiagnosis. These issues can range from making a patient's condition worse to causing new ones, and in extreme cases, it can lead to the death of a patient. If someone has been harmed due to the negligence of a medical practitioner, a lawyer could explain the patient's options for legal recourse.

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