When someone in Cleveland goes to the hospital for a medical procedure, he or she likely hopes that his or her doctor is caught up with the current medical literature. Being a doctor, however, is more than just knowing the latest research, sometimes it is about learning from past mistakes, both the individual doctor’s or others’. But when doctors are unable to consult past mistakes, it is no wonder that they can’t learn and prevent future errors.
One state, however, is trying to make it easier for doctors and health professionals to learn from their mistakes. Unfortunately, it is not Ohio, but if this program works, it could easily be replicated across the state. A medical malpractice lawyer has been working with an OB-GYN doctor to create a program that would make the relevant information from medical malpractice cases available to health care professionals.
The lawyer-doctor pair hopes that after a case has been litigated and a final judgment has been issued, the plaintiff and defendant can come together to write the facts of the case. A judge can then approve the facts, stripping them of all identifying information. That case can then be housed in an information clearinghouse, making it available to other health care professionals so they can learn from these mistakes.
It is not surprising that there is some pushback to this proposal and it remains to be seen if it will be adopted. That being said, this program provides an innovative way for doctors and nurses to learn from others’ mistakes and prevent them in their own medical treatment.
What do you think? Do you think this would be a good idea to prevent future medical malpractice cases?