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Electronic health records can cause serious problems for patients

Many Pittsburgh residents know how popular electronic health records have become recently. It seems like almost every medical provider now uses EHRs to hold important patient information. But, how safe is this technology for patients? It turns out that there frequently are errors in a patient's electronic health record.

A recent report has shown that medical malpractice lawsuits related to EHRs have seen a big increase in recent years. The report also stated that with more and more health professionals using EHRs the number of lawsuits is expected to increase in the coming years. The reasons for the medical errors include nurses misinterpreting drop down menu information, voice recognition software missing key words, medical errors caused by typos, and medical professionals relying on old patient information. Any of these errors can cause serious injuries for patients.

It is important for medical professionals to make sure the information they enter about their patients is accurate and up to date. This information is critical in making good decisions for patients and for making sure nothing is missed in their medical care.

If a person believes they have been harmed because of an incorrect EHR they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review the medical records and determine where the doctor mistake occurred. Compensation may be available for unexpected medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Doctors have a duty to make sure the care they provide is appropriate for their patient. When an EHR has incorrect information patients can suffer the consequences.

Source: ihealthbeat.org, "EHRs increasingly included in medical malpractice lawsuits," May 5, 2015

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