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…