A survey to assess the impact of electronic medical-record use on patient safety and malpractice risk revealed a need for more physician training and greater EMR use, according to the Medical Records Institute.
Results showed the majority of physician practices that use EMRs have systems that are not part of a regional or a hospital system, and their providers fully use electronic data management. While about 20% of respondents said their malpractice insurer offers discounts for EMR systems, a quarter said that their systems did not contain vital functions, and they did not receive adequate training to use them. More than half found their EMR to be helpful in a malpractice case, the survey reported.
The Medical Records Institute, Boston, promotes the use of EMRs and healthcare IT. The institute surveyed 115 physician practices in 27 specialties from 36 states, which completed questions via an online forum. Detailed results will be presented during a November conference, the institute said.