Government Proposes Revisions to Rules Regarding Electronic Health Records / Electronic Medical Records to Address a Variety of Complaints from Health Care Providers
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 18, 2015 in Electronic Health Records
The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a series of revisions to its rules concerning EHR (electronic health record) / EMR (electronic medical records) systems to provide technology companies, hospitals, and physicians more time to meet the requirements, and to address a number of complaints from health care professionals.
USA today reports [http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/25/athenahealth-epic-safety-reliability-electronic-health-records/27499877/ that a patchwork of EMR systems has sprung up, at great expense ($28 billion in government EHR Incentive Programs alone), and with limited ability to communicate between systems (for instance, some hospitals have to pay thousands of dollars to EHR vendors for data sharing capabilities to turned on or supported) .
Further, serious problems with reliability (i.e. system crashes), safety, liability, and patient rights are described in the article. Because of such problems, some states have even passed emergency legislation allowing health care providers to opt out of using EHRs for the time being. The government’s acknowledgment that these problems need to be thoughtfully addressed in a global fashion is a step in the right direction for patient safety.
D’Amico & Pettinicchi’s lawyers have previously written on the importance of the audit log https://www.damicopettinicchi.com/resources/scholarly-articles/the-electronic-medical-record-audit-logs-and-revision-history.html to determining what happened when in a patient’s care and treatment. Similarly, as a patient safety advocate, DGP has previously blogged about electronic health records on requesting and analyzing the complete electronic health record on behalf of a client, and how https://www.damicopettinicchi.com/resources/scholarly-articles/the-electronic-medical-record-audit-logs-and-revision-history.html to detect changes to the record. These are also critical issues for patient safety.