According to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the use of electronic records by physicians reduces the number of medical malpractice claims. The study, which was limited to tracking physicians affiliated with the Harvard Medical School in Boston, estimated that medical malpractice claims were approximately 84 percent less likely after physicians had adopted electronic record keeping.
Though the study was limited in scope, it provides further evidence of what many other researchers have discovered: the use of electronic medical records improves both the quality and safety of the medical care that patients receive.
Electronic records allow doctors to track the treatment of patients without relying on paper files. The use of e-records makes it easier to track, for example, possible adverse drug interactions. It also helps alleviate errors due to sloppy handwriting.
Many physicians remain hesitant to use e-record technology, but that may become increasingly difficult in light of evidence that it improves patient safety.
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