Healthcare Technology Carries Medical Malpractice Risks

side note: This article highlights the many medical malpractice risks that are inherent in electronic health records as physicians get used to employing them. It also notes that there is little legal precedence concerning these 21st Century risks. While much of the article is spent examining the risks and how to mitigate them, a Harvard School of Public Health professor is quoted as saying that despite the risks, she is bullish on health IT and it’s potential to improve public health.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In a legal sense, health IT can be both a blessing and a curse, as it closes medical liability issues associated with paper records but opens new ones associated with computers, according to a legal expert who broke down specifics at the World Congress 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on mHealth.

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