Netcare is implementing a new project it believes will drastically reduce successful medical negligence claims.
Beeld reports that the hospital group has partnered with medical negligence insurer EthiQal for discounted insurance premiums if specialists enrol for Netcare’s digital patient record system, CareOn.
Netcare CEO Richard Friedland said runaway medical negligence claims in the UK and US started stabilising and even decreased with the implementation of similar systems. “One of the reasons attributed for the decline is the increased use of electronic medical records in American hospitals,” he said.
Friedland added that many negligence lawsuits are won due to incomplete records that would enable doctors to defend claims more efficiently. “The system will record detailed patient information in real time, improve interventions where needed and reduce risks for mistakes,” he added.
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