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Clear Cut - July 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 6 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | J U LY 2 0 1 5 EMRs Can Be Your Friend or Foe in a Lawsuit Electronic medical records can trip you up in court. I n a medical malpractice case, plaintiffs and defendants alike rely heavily on the medical records to piece together what did and didn't happen. In medical school, they taught me that if it wasn't charted, it wasn't done. In medical malpractice law, I've learned that just because something is charted doesn't mean it was done correctly — or even done at all. Lawyers have been dealing with altered patient records for as long as they have been suing physicians. Rarely is a physician better at matching pen colors and handwriting than the plaintiff's attorney will be at spotting such an action. However, the days of handwritten records are mostly in the past. M E D I C A L M A L P R A C T I C E Paul J. Molinaro, MD, JD z DETAILED RECORD EMRs can hurt you in a med mal lawsuit.

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