E-Records May Improve Patient Safety

by | Jun 11, 2012 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

According to a recent study published in the
Annals of Internal Medicine, the use of electronic records by physicians reduces the number of medical
malpractice claims. The study, which was limited to tracking physicians
affiliated with the Harvard Medical School in Boston, estimated that medical
malpractice claims were approximately 84 percent less likely after physicians
had adopted electronic record keeping.

Though the study was limited in scope, it provides further evidence of
what many other researchers have discovered: the use of electronic medical
records improves both the quality and safety of the medical care that
patients receive.

Electronic records allow doctors to track the treatment of patients without
relying on paper files. The use of e-records makes it easier to track,
for example, possible adverse drug interactions. It also helps alleviate
errors due to sloppy handwriting.

Many physicians remain hesitant to use e-record technology, but that may
become increasingly difficult in light of evidence that it improves patient safety.

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