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What Changes to the Design of Electronic Medical Records do you Recommend

By John Degnan to EMR/EHR


In this episode, Healthcare Matters interviews ALL MD attorney John Degnan on how he would consult an EMR company on how to improve their product in relation to defending a medical malpractice claim.

Degnan is a shareholder at BRIGGS & MORGAN. He practices law in Minnesota, representing clients in business disputes, as well as members of the legal and medical communities in professional matters.

Degnan is a charter member of the Association of Liability Lawyers in Medical Defense (ALL MD), a nationwide organization that connects healthcare providers with attorneys who specialize in medical malpractice defense.

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Interview was recorded September 4, 2015


Mike Matray: Hi, and welcome to Healthcare Matters where the medical and legal communities come together to discuss healthcare matters. Today’s guest is John Degnan.

Welcome to Healthcare Matters, John.

John Degnan: Thank you. I’m happy to be here.

Mike: A recent RAND Corp American Medical Society study called for a complete design overhaul of electronic medical records to improve their usability. If you had the opportunity to advise an EMR industry on a redesign of its products, what changes would most benefit the defensibility of a medical malpractice claim?

John: I think updating the system. One of the best systems out was still based on the DOS or pre-DOS system. And so when copies of the records are made in paper form, they don’t resemble what the physicians saw at the time. So even with that system to write reports so that you get exactly the copies that replicate or resemble what was on the computer at the time, or also designing a way for the computer to be replicated so that again later on someone could look at exactly what the physician saw at the time.