More Ohio doctors' clipboards will soon be replaced with electronic tablets, thanks to $53 million in federal stimulus funds. A statewide electronic health record system will eventually be part of a national system. Many say the new health record databases will improve patient care and reduce errors leading to malpractice claims, while others worry about privacy and security.
Many in the medical community are advocating for increased transparency and full disclosure of information as a way for doctors to affect change from within the health care system and reduce the frequency of malpractice suits. Currently, many doctors are hesitant to share information with colleagues, which means that information about previous medical treatments may not be available in emergencies and incident reports are frequently buried or kept private.