Medical Malpractice News

2Apr, 2015

Carrots and Sticks: Electronic Health Records, Meaningful Use, and Your Practice

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Six years ago Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. With those pieces of legislation came major changes to the way doctors and other healthcare workers would process the information that they work with every day. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) or Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) were to be universally adopted and implemented from the small rural family practice to the largest hospitals in the nation. And in many ways, this goal is being realized. In 2008, the year before these rules were codified only 17% of doctors and 9% of hospitals were using EHRs. As of a few weeks ago according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) those numbers are at 65% and 80% respectively. And we think those numbers will continue to climb this year and in the coming years, for at least two primary reasons.

4Feb, 2015

Clinical Decision Support Systems and Malpractice Risk

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Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSSs) comprise one of the fastest growing and most widely discussed areas of Health Information Technology (HIT) in existence today. CDSSs have been defined as “active knowledge resource that uses patient data to generate case-specific advice which support decision making about individual patients by health professionals, the patients themselves or others concerned about them; or there’s this from Robert Hayward of the Center for Health Evidence, “Clinical Decision Support Systems link health observations with health knowledge to influence health choices by clinicians for improved health care.”