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How Safe Are Your Patients? - June 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Don't Get Tripped Up With These EHR Errors A simple typo could still put you at risk of a negligence lawsuit. E lectronic health records give care- givers quick and easy access to a patient's medical history, but the improper use of EHRs — whether it's intentionally falsifying records or making a simple typo — can lead to critical errors in patient care that could cause serious harm to patients and expose healthcare providers to medical liability. The impact of improper EHR use on patient care can be devastating. Patients have been given incorrect doses, undergone unnecessary surgeries, been deprived of necessary care, and suffered long-term harm or death due to incorrect or missing information displayed on their EHRs. And often when this happens, patients or their families seek restitution by pursing legal action. 2 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 6 Medical Malpractice Clifford Earl Robertson II, JD • CAREFUL CONSIDERATION If you copy and paste information into the EHR or the software autopopulates certain fields, be sure to review the information for accuracy. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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