New Survey Addresses Relationship of EMRs to Malpractice Risk

Aug 07, 2007, 01:00 ET from Medical Records Institute, Inc.

    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
 30, 2007.
     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
 adequate training.
     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
 EMR technology.
     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
     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.

SOURCE Medical Records Institute, Inc.