Do Electronic Medical Records Lead to Malpractice?

By Peter DePaolis

Electronic medical records have meant convenience to medical professionals, but research shows that they might be endangering patient safety. In a story at, experts hoped electronic and digital medical records would reduce medical and prescription errors. However, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that electronic medical software could be at the root of serious medical mistakes.

According to the IOM, some of the poorly written medical software actually puts patients at risk. The software can lose data and fail to detect serious illnesses. In addition, there is no performance standard for the software and very little information exists on the software’s effectiveness. So great is the concern, that the IOM wants federal regulators involved in the issue.

A spokesperson for the IOM wants the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to come up with a plan to reduce the risks associated with medical software. If the agency cannot create a plan, said the spokesperson, the Food and Drug Administration should oversee medical software performance.

Earlier this year, researchers at Johns Hopkins found no link between electronic software and improved patient care.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.