When attorneys Joel Korin and Madelyn Quattrone speak about the legal aspects of using electronic medical records, lawyer-wary physicians might expect them to extol the virtues of sticking with a paper chart.
Juries and expert witnesses, they might reason, would have a field day picking through electronically captured medical minutiae, surely almost always finding something incriminating that wouldn’t have been available on paper.
That’s not the case, however. When it comes to defending medical malpractice, Korin and Quattrone tell their audiences that EMRs help far more often than they hurt. In fact, they believe that the healthcare IT industry is missing a major selling point – EMRs reduce malpractice risks for physicians.