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Electronic medical records often result in patient harm

Many New City area residents have a doctor who uses electronic records. It may even seem that the doctor spends more time typing on their computer than talking to patients face-to-face. Although doctors may like the ease of using electronic records, such records can actually lead to serious medical harm to a patient.

Electronic health records are medical charts that contain important medical history about a patient, including their medical care, previous doctor visits and prescriptions. They are used to give a medical provider a complete view of a patient's medical condition so that they can make good decisions regarding their care. Although electronic health records have advantages, there are disadvantages as well, which can lead to a patient's death.

For example, a medical provider may enter in a child's weight in kilograms instead of pounds, which can result in the patient receiving the wrong dosage of medication. Or, an electronic medical record may fail to alert a medical provider of a patient's allergy, which can lead to a fatal medication error. A doctor may not see a radiologist's results during a patient visit, which can lead to a delayed diagnosis and worsened outcome for a patient.

Both the technology and the training that medical providers receive regarding electronic health records may need to be improved so that patient safety is not compromised. If patients believe they were unexpectedly injured because of a medical provider's mistake they may want to get more information about medical malpractice legal options. It is important to review medical records and consult with medical experts to get answers. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, funeral expenses and other damages.

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