EHR-related medical malpractice claims tripled since 2010 & 7 other notes from EHR studies

Here are key insights from eight recent studies on EHRs:

1. A total of 216 EHR-related medical malpractice claims closed between 2010 and 2018.

2. About 10 percent of discharged hospital patients who have online access to their health records actually view, download and transmit their health information.

3. Clinical process design and clinical culture are two driving forces behind the spike in stress and burnout medical professionals associate with maintaining EHRs.

4. EHR documentation of patient visits to the emergency department may not always accurately represent physicians' actions and exams during patient encounters.

5. Physicians who identify as male or female experience different levels of EHR-related stress, satisfaction and usability.

6. Nearly one in five clinicians associate EHR design and use with workplace stress and burnout.

7. Despite a federal push to increase patients' access to their medical data with application programming interfaces and smartphone-based apps, only a small number of patients who use their provider's EHR patient portal are also using APIs to send the data to their smartphones.

8. Cleveland Clinic researchers used various EMR interventions to decrease the overall number of opioids and number of inappropriate prescriptions prescribed across several of the health system's emergency departments.

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