Electronic Health Records And The Risks
Electronic health records or EHR’s can be very beneficial If doctors and nurses are able to save valuable time. Time can be saved by utilizing these new technological systems because it allows medical professionals to quickly enter information about new patients by creating a digital record that can be updated with each new encounter. These types of records are growing in popularity because of how convenient they can be compared to paper-based records. Not only that but these records are thought to be more secure and access to them can be carefully controlled. These are all great options for doctors and nurses who need all the extra time they can get to attend to their patients.
That being said, There are some risks to patients with these new technologies. Autofill, autocorrect and copy-and-paste features can potentially input incorrect data that can lead to inaccurate and sometimes redundant records. These records have the potential to enable doctors to prescribe wrong medications or procedures to patients. Further problems can easily arise when the hospital staff is overworked or when people using the systems are not properly trained. Not only are incorrect inputs something to worry about with these new systems but data breaches are also a threat. These systems are not immune to hackers and data breaches that can result from passwords being given out uncarefully.
The best way to combat this issue is to ensure that medical facilities are creating up to date policies regarding these systems. In the meantime, it is also important for Texans to know that there are teams in place to make sure you are compensated for any problems these technologies can create for your health. If you or someone you know is suffering from medical malpractice after an electronic health record error; don’t hesitate to call us today. (903) 526-1600