Sharon McEwen is a nurse with 30 years of experience in critical care, emergency department, trauma, transplant nursing. She received her Master’s Degree in Informatics, which puts her in a very small number of nurses in the United States who have that specialized level of knowledge.
She is a real expert in the area of electronic medical records, both as an expert witness, and as a behind-the-scenes consultant.
Listen in as Pat Iyer and Sharon McEwen chat about these points
- What is nursing informatics and how can an informatics background assist LNC’s?
- What are the pros and cons of EMR’s and how to understand them as a LNC.
- What is metadata and what role does it play for LNC’s?
- Why do EHR’s require certification?
- What is an audit trail and how does it benefit LNC’s/attorney’s?
Related Product: Fraudulent Medical Records
Just imagine you are analyzing a medical record. Suddenly,you see a chart entry that does not make sense – or can’t find an entry that should have been there. You look away, bewildered. You begin to form a thought – “Someone tampered with these records.” Your medical knowledge may make you the only person on the legal team to recognize the tampering.
Today’s highly charged atmosphere with its focus on financial survival of healthcare organizations and medical malpractice increases the temptation to alter records when something goes wrong.
There are many reasons why a person would tamper with records, including an intention to commit fraud, such as billing for services not performed, or fear or guilt when an untoward outcome occurs. How often do you find yourself saying, “I wish I knew how to identify fraudulent records?”
Tampering with medical records skyrockets the implications of a case. You’ll learn why this act so profoundly affects a medical malpractice case. This program contains what every legal nurse consultant should know about altered medical records. You will get the truth about how you can help an attorney with suspicions of altered medical records.
In this 60-minute online training called Fraudulent Medical Records, you will learn how to:
- Differentiate between substandard documentation and altered medical records
- Recognize the factors that lead to altered medical records
- Identify the implications of tampering with medical records
- Detect altered medical records
Sharon McEwen is an RN with 30 years of experience in critical care, ED/Trauma, and transplant. She received her master’s degree in Informatics and her most recent role was Chief Nursing Informatics Officer.