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Electronic Health Record Study Reveals Increase in Malpractice Claims

EHR Claims from 2014-2016

By John Davidson - November 27, 2017

In a closed claim study of Electronic Health Records (EHR), The Doctors Company found that the number of EHR claims rose from 2 in 2007 to over 66 between July 2014 and December 2016. The study also found that 50% of the claims were caused by 'system factors' (such as "failure of drug or clinical decision support alerts") and 58% of claims were caused by 'user factors' (such as "copying and pasting progress notes").

The study also found that there was an increase in the the number of EHR claims occurring in patient rooms, and fewer that occurred in clinic or doctor's offices. The study also showed that diagnosis related allegations were the most common (32%). 

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