Death by 1,000 clicks: Where electronic health records went wrong
March 18, 2019 / Fred Schulte
The pain radiated from the top of Annette Monachelli’s head, and it got worse when she changed positions. It didn’t feel like her usual migraine. The 47-year-old Vermont attorney turned innkeeper visited her local doctor at the Stowe Family Practice twice about the problem in late November 2012, but got little relief. Two months later, Monachelli was dead of a brain aneurysm, a condition that, despite the symptoms and the appointments, had never been tested for or diagnosed until she turned up in the emergency room days before her death. Monachelli’s husband sued Stowe, the federally qualified health center where the physician worked. Owen Foster, a newly hired assistant U.S. attorney with the District of Vermont, was assigned to defend the government.