Risk Management and Liability Prevention

EHRs May Improve Risk Management By:

  • Providing clinical alerts and reminders
  • Improving aggregation, analysis, and communication of patient information
  • Making it easier to consider all aspects of a patient's condition
  • Supporting diagnostic and therapeutic decision making
  • Gathering all relevant information (lab results, etc.) in one place
  • Support for therapeutic decisions
  • Enabling evidence-based decisions at point of care
  • Preventing adverse events
  • Providing built-in safeguards against prescribing treatments that would result in adverse events
  • Enhancing research and monitoring for improvements in clinical quality

Certified EHRs May Help Providers Prevent Liability Actions By:

  • Demonstrating adherence to the best evidence-based practices
  • Producing complete, legible records readily available for the defense (reconstructing what actually happened during the point of care)
  • Disclosing evidence that suggests informed consent