Do you think an electronic medical record system can help protect your physician practice from malpractice cases? According to a survey by the Medical Records Institute and Professional Risk Associates, nearly half of physicians (45% of respondents) think an EMR or EHR can make a physician practice less vulnerable to malpractice claims.
The survey of 115 physician practices of various specialties also found that:
* Some 20% of respondents said their malpractice insurer offers a discount for having an EHR or EMR system; and
* Nearly 20% of respondents said they have had a malpractice case in which documentation was based on information from their Electronic Health Records systems, while 55% of those respondents said the technology was helpful in the case.
Two-thirds of respondents with an EHR system said providers at their practices fully use the systems. Meanwhile, about a quarter of respondents said their electronic medical records systems do not have all the functions necessary, and a similar percentage said they have not been adequately trained on the systems.
The survey was conducted between March 21 and June 30 through links on both organizations' Web sites and e-mails to clients. This story was originally posted on ihealthbeat.org.