The Legal eHR [Extreme Caution Ahead]

Is there such a thing?

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP

[Editor-in-Chief]

Electronic medical and healthcare records [eMRs and eHRs] are a hot topic and the subject of many positive and negative posts and comments on this ME-P; and around the healthcare space. Personally, I am agnostic on the subject – trending against – for most physicians at this point in time.

In other words, the technology is just not there yet regarding “ease of use”, inter-operability, common transmission and security standards, and common platform, etc. This is reminiscent of the early days of the word processing industry, when I first used Edix-Wordex, Leading Edge, Word Perfect, Word Star, ASCII, PFR-Write, PC-Write, etc.  It was both exciting and confusing, being a writer and editor, at that time. Sorta like working in an electronic Tower of Babel; or using the many disparate eHR systems existing today?

I am not a Luditte, however. I’m a former American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), member. And, I’m certain that eHRs will be pervasive one day, but I’ll reserve my opinions, my money and information security, and my patient’s data until then. After all, I am a MSFT-Word® guy today as I thank Bill Gates for consolidating the formerly competitive, and chaotic, word processing software space. Yes, sometimes monopolies are a good thing! 

Malpractice Issues

Moreover, it seems I have been a Cassandra [the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy] of sorts, crying aloud about the professional liability and medical malpractice issues of eMRS; here on this ME-P, during my speeches and lectures, as wells as in our books and CDs. All to no avail; until now!

Links: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2009/12/23/will-electronic-records-raise-the-legal-standard-of-care-and-increase-malpractice-risk/

I suppose this is a product of my prior work as a licensed insurance agent for the State of Georgia, a malpractice reviewer, a court approved medical-legal expert witness, and author of the book: “Risk Management and Insurance Planning for Physicians and their Advisors”.

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Assessment

Q: And so, is there a legal eHR and is it different from traditional eHRs?

A: You bet there is!

Read Link: http://www.himss.org/content/files/LegalEMR_Flyer3.pdf

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