EMRs might reduce malpractice liability, but effects not certain

June 2009
Healthcare Risk Management;Jun2009, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p61
The Obama administration is pushing hard for adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) and some risk management experts expect to see a corresponding decline in malpractice lawsuits. Others caution, however, that the adoption of EMRs may not result in any significant decline in malpractice cases or liability. EMRs may reduce medical errors caused by poor handwriting or incomplete records. Electronic record-keeping may improve documentation of care overall. There may be hidden drawbacks to EMRs that will offset any potential improvements in documentation.


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