TaKeena M. Thompson, Cohen & Malad, LLP, shares the following practice pointer on electronic medical records from the May 12 Litigation Trial Skills Series: Electronic Medical Records/ESI seminar:
“Electronic health records (EHRs) are digital formats of a patient's paper medical chart. While EHRs are great tools for the attorney and the patient - they provide immediate access to records and better readability - it is important to know if the patient's electronic record may have been altered. The best way to discover this information is by serving a request for production of documents seeking the audit trail for your client's electronic health record. An audit trail (or audit log) tracks all medical providers who accessed the patient's medical chart and records all deletions or changes that were made to the medical chart. It also provides the date and time that the chart was accessed and/or modified. If there is any concern that the medical chart has been altered, the audit trail would reveal this information to the practitioner and thus, can be a critical part of your case.”
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