E-Records = Fewer Malpractice Claims

The other day I did a blog about EHR’s and patient benefit.  A recent study shows that malpractice claims in Massachusetts decreased significantly when physicians began using electronic medical records. 

EHR’s have been demonstrated to improve quality and safety for patients and that improvement in safety may be limiting adverse events which in turn reduce malpractice claims. 

Proponents of the EHR have long argued that the use of electronic records reduce medical errors by making it easier for doctors to spot problems such as medication conflicts and allergies.  The use of e-records can also make it easier for doctors to communicate with other physicians.

The research in this study demonstrates that medical malpractice claims were 84 percent less likely after electronic medical records were put into place. 

EHR use = good for doctors, good for patients, bad for attorneys…

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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