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EHR-Related Events in Medical Malpractice Claims

  • June 1, 2019

Analysis of a CRICO medical malpractice claims study of cases involving health IT


Conclusions: Adverse events associated with health IT vulnerabilities can cause extensive harm and are encountered across the continuum of health care settings and sociotechnical factors. The recurring patterns provide valuable lessons that both practicing clinicians and health IT developers could use to reduce the risk of harm in the future. The likelihood of harm seems to relate more to a patient's particular situation than to any one class of error.

 

Citation for the full-text article:

Graber ML, Siegal D, Riah H, Johnston D, Kenyon K. Electronic health record–related events in medical malpractice claims. Journal of Patient Safety. June 2019;15(2):77–85. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000240. [Epub ahead of print was published 2015 Nov 6.]