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Electronic Medical Records Create New Risks for Healthcare

Posted Thursday, July 7, 2011 by Christopher L. Thayer

alt textComputers and software have become an integral part of our daily lives. When our computer fails, or there is a glitch in the software, it can be extremely aggravating and inconvenient. The risks and the consequences are more signficant, however, when your healthcare is at stake. As the healthcare industry is increasingly turning to electronic records and other computerized systems, we are starting to see some of the tragic consequences that can result. Electronic medical records and computerized systems have huge advantages over traditional paper records in many ways, and can help enhance care, but it comes with a whole new set of risks and problems which will need to be addressed.

In the future, medical malpractice cases may increasingly involve forensic computer and software analysis in order to simply understand what happened during the patient’s care.

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For more information, please contact Christopher Thayer at 206-805-1494.

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