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Lack of EHR use may hasten malpractice lawsuits

Electronic health records can complicate malpractice law, but one reader suggests that, over time, a lack of EHR use may put health care providers in an even worse place.

Editor's note: SearchHealthIT.com received this feedback in response to the article Legal implications of electronic health record (EHR) use still difficult to define. It has been edited for style but not for content.

What I am hearing is that very soon the EHR will soon become the major component in the "standard of care." If a practice, in this case, does not have an EHR and had a malpractice issue, just contemplate what a malpractice attorney would say about the care provided if the doctor in question didn't use an EHR.

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This was last published in September 2011

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