BOSTON, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent joint survey by Medical Records
Institute, Inc. of Boston MA and Professional Risk Associates, Inc. of
Midlothian VA sought information regarding adoption of EMRs in physician
practices and the impact of EMR usage on patient safety and malpractice
risk. Respondents from 115 practices in 27 specialties representing 36
states completed the Internet-based survey conducted from March 21 to June
Of the 62% of respondents with EMR systems, over two-thirds have stand-
alone systems (not part of a regional or hospital system) and have had the
systems for over a year. A physician was identified as the "Power User" by
almost half of the practices with an EMR system, and nearly two-thirds
indicated their providers fully use the system. Approximately a quarter of
those who have EMR systems complained the system does not have the
functions they need, and a similar percentage stated they did not receive
Nearly twenty percent of respondents stated their malpractice insurer
offers a discount for having an EMR System, and close to half (45%) believe
EMRs will make them less vulnerable to malpractice cases. Among the almost
one-fifth who have had a malpractice case in which documentation was based
on the EMR, over half (55%) said the EMR was helpful.
"This is an important first survey on the current status of EMRs and
their impact on malpractice risk," said C. Peter Waegemann, CEO, Medical
Records Institute, "It shows the need to address EMR system usage,
training, and legality."
"These survey results are a great tool for medical malpractice
insurance carriers to begin researching the impact of EMR functions on
malpractice claims", advised Bob Meadows, Executive VP, Professional Risk
Associates. "We are excited to be in the forefront of this initiative and
intend to continue working with our physicians and carriers to help reduce
medical errors that lead to malpractice litigation and to encourage our
carriers to develop discounting programs for physicians who properly use
About Medical Records Institute, Inc.
Medical Records Institute's (MRI) mission is to promote and enhance the
journey towards electronic medical records, e-health, mobile health, and
related information technology applications. MRI does this by serving as an
international forum for sharing knowledge, experience, and solutions with
the healthcare community at large, especially with healthcare practitioners
and professionals in health information technology and health information
management. Survey details will be discussed at the National Conference on
Information Capture, November 5-7, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale FL. For more
information, visit http://www.medrecinst.com.
About Professional Risk Associates, Inc. (PRA):
PRA is an independent insurance agency that focuses on professional
liability for healthcare providers and is leading an initiative that seeks
to improve the efficiency of medical practices and reduce medical errors
that lead to malpractice litigation through the use of EMRs. PRA provides
physician practices in-depth expertise, a selection of financially strong
carriers, and superior service. http://www.profrisk.com.
SOURCE Medical Records Institute, Inc.