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5 Ways to Prevent Malpractice Lawsuits with EHR Techniques


Core Concepts
Physicians can prevent malpractice lawsuits by implementing smart EHR practices.
Abstract
The content discusses the increasing risk of malpractice lawsuits associated with EHR usage and provides five smart EHR practices to help physicians protect their patients' health and reduce their liability. Overview EHRs contribute to a rise in malpractice lawsuits. Physicians need to be cautious with EHR interactions to avoid legal action. EHR-Related Errors 30% of malpractice cases are due to medication errors. 28% are related to diagnosis errors. 31% are due to treatment complications. Examples of EHR Errors Omitted medication led to a stroke. Failure to specify dose limit resulted in a patient's death. Clicking the wrong option caused a critical error. Smart EHR Practices Double-check dropdown boxes to avoid user errors. Supplement EHR notes with direct communication. Tailor auto-fill information to align with common practices. Avoid excessive copy and paste to prevent outdated information. Separate typing from listening to improve doctor-patient interaction.
Stats
According to a study in the Journal of Patient Safety, 30% of EHR-related malpractice cases are associated with medication errors. The same study found that 28% of cases are related to diagnosis errors. Additionally, 31% of cases are due to treatment complications.
Quotes
"Make sure you have a back-end system that can help monitor that structured data." - Aaron Zach Hettinger "A real concern for physicians is the number of visits they're expected to accomplish in a set amount of time." - Aaron Boeder "In so many cases, it comes down to people not being heard. So listen to what your patients are saying." - Aaron Boeder

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by Rachel Reiff... at www.medscape.com 09-01-2023

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/996064
5 Ways to Avert a Malpractice Lawsuit With EHR Techniques

Deeper Inquiries

How can healthcare systems better support physicians in implementing safe EHR practices?

Healthcare systems can better support physicians in implementing safe EHR practices by providing comprehensive training on EHR systems, including best practices for data entry, documentation, and patient safety protocols. Additionally, healthcare systems should offer ongoing support and resources for troubleshooting technical issues and updating EHR systems to ensure they align with the latest safety standards. Collaborating with EHR vendors to customize systems to fit the specific needs and workflows of healthcare providers can also enhance the usability and effectiveness of EHR systems in promoting patient safety.

What are the potential drawbacks of relying heavily on EHR systems for patient care?

Relying heavily on EHR systems for patient care can lead to potential drawbacks such as data entry errors, copy-and-paste mistakes, alert fatigue, and information overload. These errors can result in medication errors, misdiagnoses, missed critical information, and ultimately compromise patient safety. Moreover, overreliance on EHR systems may detract from direct patient-provider interactions, leading to decreased quality of care, patient dissatisfaction, and potential legal implications. Additionally, system downtime, cybersecurity threats, and interoperability issues can pose significant challenges when heavily relying on EHR systems for patient care.

How can active listening skills be improved among healthcare providers to enhance patient care outcomes?

Active listening skills among healthcare providers can be improved by emphasizing the importance of patient-centered care, empathy, and effective communication in medical training programs. Healthcare organizations can offer workshops, seminars, and continuing education opportunities focused on enhancing active listening skills, building rapport with patients, and fostering trust in the patient-provider relationship. Implementing communication training exercises, role-playing scenarios, and feedback mechanisms can help healthcare providers practice and refine their active listening skills. Encouraging mindfulness, presence, and reflective listening techniques can also enhance healthcare providers' ability to truly understand and address patients' concerns, leading to improved patient care outcomes.
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