BY: Robert B. Sickels | IN: Medical Malpractice
In many ways, electronic health records (EHRs) are improving health care and making patients safer during treatment. However, due to a severe lack of EHR regulations, paired with the hurried adoption of EHR systems by hospitals, electronic health records can sometimes do more harm than good. In some cases, EHR errors can lead to patient harm, patient deaths, and medical malpractice incidents.
In theory, electronic health records should help doctors and nurses throughout the country give their patients specialized, individualized care. They should give any medical professional with access to them a clearer look at a patient’s health history as well as warn them about dangerous drug interactions and allergies. However, issues with these new systems have led to a significant number of serious medical errors.For example, EHR medical malpractice could occur when:
What to Do After an EHR Error
If you or a family member have suffered because of an error caused by electronic health records, the physician or medical facility may be responsible for damages, ranging from the costs of fixing the damage to compensation for pain and suffering. It is extremely important to take the following actions after an EHR error:
Electronic health record errors can have extremely serious consequences, including permanent injury and death. It is vital that you know your rights and your avenues of action in the wake of a medical malpractice incident. The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Medical Malpractice Litigation Group offer injury victims and their families a free, confidential consultation. Contact us today to schedule yours.
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For more than 30 years, Robert Sickels has successfully represented plaintiffs involved in complex personal injury, medical negligence, and products liability matters.