EHRs – Benefits and Baggage
Electronic health records (EHRs) continue to grow in numbers, effectiveness and benefits. The risks are also growing. As EHR usage grows more widespread, so too does the technology’s role in malpractice claims. MedPage Today brought this interesting information to us in their article, “EHR: A Bigger Role in Malpractice Claims.”
From 2007 through 2010, there were just two claims in which EHRs were a factor. From 2011 through December 2016, that number increased dramatically to 161. EHRs are typically contributing factors in a claim, rather than the primary cause according to the data that came from a survey facilitated by The Doctors Company in Napa, California. This is the group’s second study of EHR-related claims.
Adoption of EHRs has been relatively fast. Data released last summer showed that only 4% of U.S. hospitals didn’t use EHRs. Now clinicians have figured out how to use their EHRs to leverage data from their systems that intelligently inform their decision-making.
Melody K. Smith
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