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EHR Malpractice on the Rise

Published on Nov 1, 2019 at 12:39 am in Medical Malpractice.

When most people think about Texas medical malpractice, they consider it to be an error on the part of the physician, surgeon, or nursing team. However, there is a new form of medical malpractice on the rise that negatively affects patients and catches the eyes of medical malpractice lawyers: malpractice related to electronic health records (EHR). EHR malpractice still only accounts for a small percentage of all malpractice claims, but the rise concerns many in the medical and legal field. A simple input error could mean an unnecessary surgery, treatment, or even death.

As more cases come in, it is in the best interest of hospitals and medical organizations to train their staff to check their EHR data again and again to avoid any erroneous entries. Physicians, surgeons, and medical staff need to be sure of their entries as well; misdiagnoses often birth the issues in EHR systems that can lead to a number of undesirable forms of malpractice. To this end, some in the medical field have taken to offering classes to avoid EHR malpractice cases; through these courses, they hope to curb the rise of lawsuits being filed against hospitals for their records systems.

In these seminars, risk aversion managers, nurses, and medical malpractice attorneys are teaching the next generation of medical practitioners to mitigate malpractice suits, including:

  • Infection
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Immediate surgery to correct a missed diagnosis
  • Deteriorated mobility
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Unwarranted death
  • And more

As attorneys, we encourage those in the medical field to attend any course aimed at reducing errors and malpractice lawsuits. No one wants to become the victim of medical malpractice, nor do they want to see a loved one fall prey to it either. Additionally, those in the medical field do not want to cause harm to patients. If you or a loved one feel that you have suffered due to the incompetence of a physician, surgeon, or medical organization, contact us today to begin discussing the details of your case and how we can help.

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