The use of electronic health records (EHRs) by hospitals, clinics, and doctors is on the rise, largely due to ever-increasing pressure from the U.S. government. And while, at first sight, it does seem as if utilizing EHRs can automate and streamline provider workflow, the risks of using electronic health records by medical professionals and hospitals may actually outweigh its benefits.
This is something many of us can relate to. How many times have you experienced problems on your computer, laptop or smartphone? While there is no denial that the benefits of implementing technology into medicine are pretty much endless, let’s also not forget that the use of electronic devices and systems often leads to both unforeseeable and preventable errors.
“And when this happens in the medical setting, people could get hurt,” explains our Hawaii medical malpractice attorney from Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli and Pratt, P.A.
If you take a closer look at the use of electronic health records by hospitals and medical professionals, it becomes clear that there exists a potential for medical malpractice. Some of these errors can be caused by the practitioner’s or provider’s negligence or failure to exercise due care, while others are caused by design flaws and defects in the technology.
As an increasing number of hospitals in Hawaii and all across the United States are adopting EHRs, let’s examine the risks associated with the use of EHRs by medical professionals (some of these may lead to injuries and fatalities among patients).
If you have been hurt in the course of a medical treatment and have a reason to believe that a medical professional or hospital as a whole could be responsible for it, it may be a good idea to consult with a Hawaii medical malpractice attorney to find out whether or not improper use of EHRs caused or contributed to your injury.