Indianapolis Company Using Technology To Prevent Medical Errors

An Indianapolis company is using technology that tests crime scene evidence to solve false positives on cancer biopsies and prevent doctors from operating unnecessarily. Strand Analytical Laboratories in Indianapolis began shifting its focus after a company official saw a news report about a Boston man who had unnecessary prostate surgery after his biopsy was switched with that of a man who had cancer. The company's “Know Error” system has been used on about 175-thousand patients who have undergone breast and prostate biopsies. A company spokesman says right now,  lab workers find about one error a week from contaminated or switched specimens.