In most medical offices, electronic health records have taken the place of handwritten records. This has been lauded as one of the best tools to help physicians, because the electronic records can be shared among different facilities through an electronic health record database. Unfortunately, EHRs can also be a source of medical liability.
In a national medical liability insurance review, malpractice claim data showed that 64 percent of medical malpractice claims related to EHRs were a result of user errors, such as in putting the wrong information about a patient, while 42 percent were a result of system errors. If you're given an incorrect medication or not treated appropriately because of a failure in the EHR system, you could join many others who have filed a lawsuit over poor care.