Will new technology help prevent medical negligence?

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2019 | Doctor Errors |

There are many amenities in the modern world that make life more convenient and easy than it used to be. Advanced technology allows Oregon residents and others to shop online, talk to loved ones who live on another continent or even launch a business from their very own home. Voice assistant technology gets rave reviews for many reasons, one of which is that it may help prevent medical negligence.

Doctors often work long hours and care for multiple patients at the same time. Fatigue and career burnout can lead to negligence or errors that cause serious patient illness or injuries. In addition to the actual time physicians spend talking to and examining patients, tiredness easily sets in due to the exorbitant number of hours they spend logging in all the patient information into computer records.

Advanced voice assistant technology can “listen” as physicians interact with patients. When symptoms are discussed or described, an automated system is prompted to update the patient’s medical records. This can save doctors hours upon hours of on-screen time, thus making them less fatigued and, perhaps, less likely to make errors.

Voice assistants may lead to less doctor fatigue and more productivity. However, no technology can completely eradicate medical negligence because there is always the possibility for human error or carelessness in the workplace. If an Oregon patient suffers illness or injury because a doctor or nurse provides substandard care, he or she may wish to consider filing a medical malpractice claim in a civil court.