Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Misdiagnosis, Cover-Up At KU Hospital | KCUR

Phillip Benton, MD, JD pgbentonmd at AOL.COM
Sun Jul 3 21:45:07 UTC 2016

The most important, indeed the essential, quality in a physician  is HONESTY - total honesty.  Patients trust physicians because they have to trust them, since patients generally do not have a medical education.
Truthfulness is the physician's fiduciary responsibility, and juries routinely punish physicians, and institutions, who are not honest.  Phil Benton, MD, JD - Atlanta, GA

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From: HM Epstein <hmepstein at GMAIL.COM>
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Subject: [IMPROVEDX] Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Misdiagnosis, Cover-Up At KU Hospital | KCUR

Please read the following summary and I'd appreciate the group's feedback. 

The former chair of pathology at KU Hospital filed a whistleblower lawsuit against his current hospital claiming the current head of pathology misdiagnosed a patient with a lethal form of cancer, surgeons removed an unidentified organ, the lab discovered that the removed organ was essentially cancer-free, and then that the pre-surgery sample was also free of cancer, covered it up and never told the patient who still thinks they have to be on guard against a lethal form of cancer. 

The paragraph I would like your opinion on is deep in the article:

"In September, Tilzer informed KU Hospital’s chief medical officer and risk management officer that the hospital needed to conduct a “root cause analysis” of the mistake to make sure it wouldn’t happen again. The chief medical officer responded that the original diagnosis was correct because two other pathologists signed the report. But Tilzer says the two other pathologists did not agree with the original diagnosis, “and the chair simply wrote their names in the electronic medical record.”"

First, is it easy for one doctor to fake the signatures of other doctors in the EMR without being discovered? And while the accused pathologist finally admitted her error, it appears the hospital hasn't done so nor had the patient been notified. Therefore no root cause analysis has been done. 

So, is this a crazy outlier situation or is it a common occurrence?

Thank you. 







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