Scope of unread heart tests in Harlem Hospital widens

New York Times, June 4, 2010

New York City hospital officials said that the problem of unread echocardiograms at Harlem Hospital Center was bigger than they had initially believed, and that a review of thousands of records had found six patients who might have been deprived of necessary medical treatment because the results of their heart tests were not read by doctors. The unread tests go back to 2005, not 2007, as previously believed, the officials said, and 5,000 echocardiograms were never read by doctors—1,000 more than previously thought.


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