Understanding more about electronic medical records

On Behalf of | May 11, 2015 | Hospital Negligence

New Mexico residents may benefit from learning more about how the integrity of electronic medical records has proven to be a significant factor in many malpractice cases. Physicians and hospitals in the United States typically face over 85,000 medical malpractice lawsuits every year. These cases may award the plaintiffs damages as high as anywhere from $1 million to $30 million for the ensuing injuries.

Poor or false electronic medical records can be detrimental to the most pristine physicians and health care facilities. Incorrect analysis readings or deductions may cause patients to suffer serious health conditions in the future. In some cases, judges may need to determine which party was responsible for intervening when it became apparent that the data provided was incorrect. The lack of documentation evident in electronic medical records is often essential in malpractice lawsuits filed against health care providers. Judges may challenge the credibility of questionable electronic medical records involving convoluted circumstances.

However, some court officials may be inept with computers or understanding the nuances of electronic medical records and hospital procedures. Judges’ inability to understand the intricacies of managing these records does not excuse health care facilities’ haphazard organization. In order to minimize the number of malpractice cases, medical professionals are advised to obtain electronic signatures for informed consent, reduce scanning, minimize autocomplete functions and use templates more cautiously.

Patients who suffer an injury caused by hospital negligence may benefit from consulting a lawyer. Legal counsel may be prepared to investigate the incident and help identify any of the parties who may be liable for causing the medical error. Plaintiffs in these cases may be entitled to receive restitution that can help compensate for medical costs, corrective procedures and other ensuing hardships. Lawyers might be required to prove that the services rendered by the defendant were beneath the standard of care for the industry.


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