Articles Posted in Electronic Health Records

EHR-300x225Researchers at MedStar Health in Washington D.C. have documented new patterns of errors relating to errors in electronic health records (EHR). Kaiser Health News also gathered information from various sources which confirmed many significant problems with electronic health systems. EHR has been found to lead to the risk of misinformation, data errors, doctor burnout, and overcharging; all of which have serious negative impacts on medical professionals and patients. The majority of the information on EHR has been kept out of the public eye as much as possible, despite the gravity of the risks involved with this digital transition.

The reasoning behind EHR was to save time and money for everyone in the long run, while making medical practices more exact by having the technology in place to double check patient information. This would also allow for higher quality care as information would be easily accessible by professionals all across the nation in case a patient needed sudden care away from home, needed to switch practitioners, or simply desired a second opinion with little effort. While these expectations were noble, the system today does not live up to the desired standards of that time.

One problem is that these record systems have yet to truly link to each other in a way that makes sharing information as simple as it should be. This has caused a number of errors such as delayed or completely undetectable records, notes, and test results.

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Electronic Health Record company pays $155 million to settle Whistleblower case. Whistleblower to receive $30 million

Burlington Vermont. The Department of Justice has announced a unique and record-breaking settlement of a False Claims Act lawsuit against eClinicalWorks, the country’s leading provider of Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) software. The company has agreed to pay $155 million to end the case. It signals the critical importance of electronic health record systems to providing patient care and an increased focus on the products being offered.  The case was filed in Burlington Vermont and overseen by the United States Attorney’s Office in Vermont and the Department of Justice.

In May of 2015, Brendan Delaney, a software technician who had helped providers implement eClinicalWorks’ EHR software, filed a whistleblower case under seal alleging that eClinicalWorks had falsely obtained CMS certification of its software. Specifically, he alleged that eClinicalWorks’ EHR software exhibited various functionality shortcomings, such as failing to document and display information relating to the patient’s medications and laboratory results. The complaint said that had CMS known of the problems when eClinicalWorks’ software was undergoing CMS certification testing, CMS would not have certified the software and, therefore, providers who subsequently used eClinicalWorks’ software would not have received Meaningful Use incentive payments.