Rise in Medical Malpractice Claims Related to Electronic Health Records

Rise in Medical Malpractice Claims Related to Electronic Health Records

Electronic health records (EHRs)– meant to reduce the number of medical errors and improve efficiency – is a growing source of medical malpractice claims.

In fact, over the course of the last decade, the number of electronic medical claims has nearly tripled. Further, it's important to note that the use of EHRs may also be a significant contributing factor to a medical malpractice claim (such as a delay in diagnosis), in addition to cases where it's the primary factor. Either way, any increased risk to patient safety is cause for concern, given the prevalence of deaths and catastrophic harm suffered due to preventable medical errors.

The type of errors from EHR use include both systemic (technological errors) and user errors, underscoring the need for health care providers to double check patient entries – and not simply copy a patient's history from one screen to the next.  While EHRs allow for more efficient record keeping, it is important that those entering information maintain due care not to create lapses in care due to data entry errors.  

For more information, or if you or a loved one have suffered any type of medical malpractice, it is important to contact an experience San Diego medical malpractice attorney to begin an investigation into all of the factors that may have caused or contributed to harm occurring.

Please contact our compassionate San Diego medical malpractice lawyers for an immediate consultation if you have been affected by medical errors.  We are dedicated to helping families harmed by medical neglect.   

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