By Greg Lacour
The child looked like death.
His parents had taken the boy to the emergency room at Carolinas Medical Center NorthEast in Concord. The ER doctor took one look at him and immediately admitted him to the pediatric wing for treatment.
It wasn’t necessary. The pediatricians at CMC NorthEast had access to the boy’s medical records and contacted his regular doctor, who told them that the child had a chronic illness, and although he looked awful, it was, incredibly, how he usually looked. The boy was sent home.
Of course, the parents’ health insurer was billed extra for the unnecessary admission. It could have been avoided if only the ER had immediate access to the boy’s medical history.
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