Electronic health records have been touted as having – and have proven to have – many benefits for healthcare organizations in terms of cost savings and efficacy of medical treatment. They are not, however, unalloyedly beneficial in the courtroom. As might be expected, the most important evidence in malpractice cases is medical records and now that they are digitized these records tend to be in EHR form. According to defense attorneys, electronic medical records come with their own set of problems for the provider facing a malpractice lawsuit. One striking issue is the “autofill” feature in EHR templates which automatically populates fields with data that may not be pertinent to the situation at hand. Other issues include technical glitches, as well as users not using the software correctly.
See Business Insurance article at “Malpractice suits often tap electronic medical records”