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EHRs Raise Liability Fears

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 18, 2011

InformationWeek reports on concerns that the preponderance of electronic health records (EHRs) will increase legal liabilities for healthcare organizations and staff. In addition to making patient information more accessible, EHRs alter the ways in which doctors record patient interactions and clinical decisions. In addition to concerns about how much audit logs reveal, "there are concerns by providers," says Davis Wright Tremaine partner Adam Greene, "that access reports could be used in malpractice suits." It's possible, the report states, that physicians may forget to "check some boxes," thereby increasing the chance of a malpractice suit. One expert added, "The metadata will show this."  
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