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

HM Epstein hmepstein at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 3 22:24:18 UTC 2016


Thanks, Lee. Beyond the retaliation angle, how easy is it for one doctor to
insert the names of other doctors into an EHR indicating they "concur" with
a Dx without the other doctors knowing or agreeing? Has anyone heard of
this happening before?

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On Sun, Jul 3, 2016 at 5:25 PM, Lee Tilson <lee.tilson at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am familiar with a few instances of retaliation against people  who
> attempted to expose misdiagnosis or mistreatment.
>
> The circumstances were somewhat different. The underlying story is the
> same.
>
> Feel free to contact me if you think this would be helpful.
>
> Lee Tilson
>
> On Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 2:34 AM, HM Epstein <hmepstein at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> 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.
>>
>> Best,
>> Helene
>>
>>
>> http://kcur.org/post/whistleblower-lawsuit-claims-misdiagnosis-cover-ku-hospital#stream/0
>>
>>
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