At hospitals, data breaches and security lapses can sometimes be as injurious to patients as a misdiagnosis or surgical error. That is why it's shocking that a hospital inadvertently disclosed the medical records of 20,000 patients.
A new Harvard Medical School study discovered that doctors who used electronic records were named in far fewer medical malpractice lawsuits than physicians using traditional, paper records.
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.