In Massachusetts, medication errors are a frequent cause of hospitalization. Some prescription mistakes can even kill you. Whether it is an error made by your pharmacy or your doctor, these miscues can be equally dangerous. Now, artificial intelligence is being used to help eliminate some of these mistakes as a new tool is under development to help save lives.

Google is on the job

The tool is being developed by Google in tandem with the University of California San Francisco. It is designed to anticipate a doctor’s pattern of prescription based on past history of doctors would usually prescribe. It will then take the patient’s electronic health records and use them as input into the model. There are numerous tools in use in other contexts that are similar to this. For example, fraud detection programs scan large amounts of information using artificial intelligence to detect any irregularities.

The tool can protect patients

The program will take your health information including your history, lab results vitals and prior medications. It will then look at previous prescription patterns, combining the historical and present information to ensure that the prescription for you is the proper one. While the machine is able to predict the best medication, there is still some work to do because it cannot account for deviations from usual practices that occur for a reason. Nonetheless, this would represent a step forward in a way that would protect patients.

Prescription errors can be deadly. They are a sign of either medical malpractice or an error on the part of the pharmacy. If you have been harmed by a medication mistake, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries that you have suffered. A medical malpractice attorney could help you file a lawsuit that would begin the process that may lead to compensation.