Missed Diagnosis of MIs Alone Could Result in Litigation of More Than $2 Billion Per Year According to The Sullivan Group

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from IBEX Healthdata Systems, Inc.

    ROSEMONT, Ill., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Missed diagnosis of chest pain or
 myocardial infarction alone could result in more than a staggering $2 billion
 in litigation per year, according to one of the nation's top experts in
 Emergency Medicine Risk Management.  Daniel J. Sullivan, MD, JD, FACEP,
 President of The Sullivan Group, says "Emergency Departments and Emergency
 Physicians have come under intense scrutiny related to the error rate in
 patient evaluation and diagnosis. This problem is not going away, and may soon
 be the subject of intense government scrutiny, litigation and regulation,"
 according to Dr. Sullivan.
     "If we assume half of the 1.25 million acute MIs enter the health care
 system, and 2%-8% are not diagnosed, that could result in anywhere from
 12,500 to 50,000 missed MI diagnosis per year," says Dr. Sullivan.  "At a
 case rate of $150,000-$300,000, physician exposure to litigation could exceed
 $2 billion per year."
     To address the issue of medical errors, two innovative organizations,
 IBEX Healthdata Systems, Inc., of Rosemont, IL, and The Sullivan Group located
 in Oak Brook, Illinois, have formed a unique partnership.  RiskCheck(R),
 developed by Dr. Sullivan and provided exclusively by IBEX Healthdata Systems,
 Inc., the premier provider of innovative Web browser-based solutions to the
 healthcare industry, provides Emergency Medicine Physicians risk management,
 on-line and interactive.  With RiskCheck(R), the physician actively manages
 risk while interviewing the patient and creating the medical record.
     "The 'talking head' traditional approach to risk education has not altered
 the litigation landscape," according to Dr. Sullivan.  "Risk Management must
 be real time and interactive during the patient encounter.  IBEX PulseCheck(R)
 with RiskCheck(R) is the first product ever to provide real time risk
 management at the patient's bedside," says Dr. Sullivan.
     "With PulseCheck(R), patients experience shorter waiting times in the
 Emergency Department and benefit from faster access to test results,"
 according to IBEX President and CEO Mark Crockett, M.D.  "The greatest
 benefits to patients, however, are derived from benefits to medical and
 administrative personnel, who have better and faster access to information and
 therefore have more time to spend with patients. With the addition of
 RiskCheck(R) built into PulseCharts(TM)MD physician documentation system,
 hospital emergency departments have a complete electronic medical record
 complete with documentation for risk management," says Dr. Crockett.
     RiskCheck(R) provides concurrent, real time risk prompts, a defensible
 medical record and emergency medicine risk education. For more information
 contact IBEX Healthdata Systems, Inc. at (800) 331-9648 or email
 sales@ibex-systems.com .
 
 

SOURCE IBEX Healthdata Systems, Inc.
    ROSEMONT, Ill., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Missed diagnosis of chest pain or
 myocardial infarction alone could result in more than a staggering $2 billion
 in litigation per year, according to one of the nation's top experts in
 Emergency Medicine Risk Management.  Daniel J. Sullivan, MD, JD, FACEP,
 President of The Sullivan Group, says "Emergency Departments and Emergency
 Physicians have come under intense scrutiny related to the error rate in
 patient evaluation and diagnosis. This problem is not going away, and may soon
 be the subject of intense government scrutiny, litigation and regulation,"
 according to Dr. Sullivan.
     "If we assume half of the 1.25 million acute MIs enter the health care
 system, and 2%-8% are not diagnosed, that could result in anywhere from
 12,500 to 50,000 missed MI diagnosis per year," says Dr. Sullivan.  "At a
 case rate of $150,000-$300,000, physician exposure to litigation could exceed
 $2 billion per year."
     To address the issue of medical errors, two innovative organizations,
 IBEX Healthdata Systems, Inc., of Rosemont, IL, and The Sullivan Group located
 in Oak Brook, Illinois, have formed a unique partnership.  RiskCheck(R),
 developed by Dr. Sullivan and provided exclusively by IBEX Healthdata Systems,
 Inc., the premier provider of innovative Web browser-based solutions to the
 healthcare industry, provides Emergency Medicine Physicians risk management,
 on-line and interactive.  With RiskCheck(R), the physician actively manages
 risk while interviewing the patient and creating the medical record.
     "The 'talking head' traditional approach to risk education has not altered
 the litigation landscape," according to Dr. Sullivan.  "Risk Management must
 be real time and interactive during the patient encounter.  IBEX PulseCheck(R)
 with RiskCheck(R) is the first product ever to provide real time risk
 management at the patient's bedside," says Dr. Sullivan.
     "With PulseCheck(R), patients experience shorter waiting times in the
 Emergency Department and benefit from faster access to test results,"
 according to IBEX President and CEO Mark Crockett, M.D.  "The greatest
 benefits to patients, however, are derived from benefits to medical and
 administrative personnel, who have better and faster access to information and
 therefore have more time to spend with patients. With the addition of
 RiskCheck(R) built into PulseCharts(TM)MD physician documentation system,
 hospital emergency departments have a complete electronic medical record
 complete with documentation for risk management," says Dr. Crockett.
     RiskCheck(R) provides concurrent, real time risk prompts, a defensible
 medical record and emergency medicine risk education. For more information
 contact IBEX Healthdata Systems, Inc. at (800) 331-9648 or email
 sales@ibex-systems.com .
 
 SOURCE  IBEX Healthdata Systems, Inc.