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Technology errors in health care

If you are like a lot of people in New Jersey, you are concerned about the quality of the care you receive from a doctor or other health care professional. You deserve to feel that you can trust what you are told by medical professionals, especially when it pertains to a potentially serious condition or treatment. More and more, technology is being used in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions. Unfortunately, that technology cannot be counted on to always be error-free.

As explained by Forbes, artificial intelligence and machine learning is being built into many medical devices or programs. Some of these may be used as diagnostic tools and the outcomes of these may influence treatment recommendations. Last year, a leak of one company's internal documents identified algorithmic errors in a program. These errors were connected to inappropriate and even unsafe treatment recommendations being made for cancer patients.

There is little oversight or regulation in place yet governing the use of these advanced technologies in medical tools or settings. There is also no legal precedence in place, leaving it very ambiguous at this time as to how a person might best seek assistance if they have been injured due to such an error.

If you would like to learn more about the types of technology used in health care today and how you might seek assistance if you believe you have been harmed by a medical technology error, please feel free to visit the technology mistakes page of our New Jersey medical malpractice website.


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