The transition to electronic health records (EHRs) is revolutionizing patient health care. The purpose of it is to improve the safety of patient treatments. Unfortunately, EHR is severely lacking in regulation and, because of the hurried adoption of these systems, health care providers may find that EHRs increase the likelihood of critical errors. In some cases, these EHR errors can lead to patient deaths and, naturally, malpractice incidents.
Electronic health records are supposed to keep health care professionals throughout the country up-to-date on their patients’ records. Any medical professional, in theory, should be able to access these records and get a clear understanding of the patient’s health history – and most importantly, information regarding allergies and prescription medication interactions. However, healthcare professionals from around the country have complained about the issues regarding these health systems, which have led to more medical errors.
EHR medical malpractice is becoming increasingly common. Just some instances where medical malpractice can occur include:
After an error occurs due to electronic health record issues, the physician or health care provider and the facility that employs them may be responsible for compensatory damages – including the cost of medical treatments to correct the issue, as well as compensation for pain suffered by the patient. After an EHR error occurs, it is imperative patients do the following:
EHR-related malpractice is highly complex. It requires an attorney that understands how the EHR system works, as well as its related pitfalls. If you have been injured because of an EHR error, contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC online or call 866-479-7909 to schedule a consultation.