Electronic Health Records Can Increase Malpractice Liability

Andrew Smith
Published: Thursday, Aug 06, 2015
Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

The erroneous autocorrect, the restrictive dropdown menu, the deadly software glitch: anecdotal evidence of computer foul-ups abounds in the literature on electronic health records (EHRs) and medical malpractice awards.

Bobbie Sprader, JD

Bobbie Sprader, JD

Early EHR advocates predicted that system users would require much less oversight by administrators and one another. They said smart software would automatically force users to keep good records (or automatically warn administrators in the event of failure), and thus reduce malpractice awards by making poor record keeping nearly impossible.

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