Electronic medical records are here to stay. They are not perfect, but better than handwritten records. This method of recording information about a patient offers many advantages but also some significant disadvantages.
Computerized anesthesia records are common. In fact, there is a strong trend to computerization of all medical records. This method of recording information about a patient offers many advantages but also some drawbacks that affect the legal nurse consultant’s ability to analyze the medical records.
Listen in as Pat Iyer chats about these points
- What happened when a nurse made a computer entry error
- Some of the many advantages of electronic medical records
- Why tampering with the medical record is much more difficult to do with an electronic system
- What are the drawbacks that affect the legal nurse consultant’s ability to analyze medical records
- Why free text entries are often brief and may not adequately describe an incident or series of events leading up to an emergency
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Pat Iyer has been a legal nurse consultant since 1987 when she first began reviewing cases as an expert witness. She achieved national prominence through her texts and many contributions to the legal nurse consulting field. She has reviewed several cases involving electronic medical records.