EHR Malpractice: When Health Record Errors Lead to Medical Malpractice (Pt. 3)
March 18, 2015
Wrapping up our blog series EHR Malpractice: When Health Record Errors Lead to Medical Malpractice, here, we’ll reveal some additional important info about this type of medical malpractice.
EHR Malpractice: Here’s What Else You Should Know
EHR malpractice is a developing area of medical malpractice, and as such, it’s likely to continue evolving as it becomes more prominent in the coming years. Here’s what else you should know about EHR malpractice:
- Data breaches and shared login info can also lead to EHR malpractice – While we’ve previously noted that factors like technical design problems and user errors can contribute to EHR malpractice, it’s also crucial to note that that issues like security breaches and medical professionals sharing their login info can lead to the deletion or changing of patients’ medical records and, consequently, EHR malpractice.
- Assessing liability in EHR malpractice malpractices cases can be complicated – Depending on the cause of the EHR malpractice, as well as the type of computing/record keeping systems health care facilities have, these facilities may shoulder the lion’s share of responsibility/liability in these types of medical malpractice cases. In some situations, however, hospitals may point to their IT providers when liability arises, and this can complicate EHR malpractice cases.
- Some are calling for regulations for EHR systems – With the emergence of EHR systems, there has been little in the way of regulations to try to standardize these systems, the methods and requirements for training people to use these systems, etc. Some now are calling for such official standards to be put in place, as this could be pivotal to reducing problems with patients’ data and, in turn, minimizing the chances that EHR malpractice will occur. Just what agency or organization would be the authority appropriate for instituting – and enforcing – such regulations, however, is still unclear.
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