A Detroit attorney, Cullen McKinney is a founding partner at Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney & Garbarino, PLLC. Cullen McKinney defends medical professionals and institutions in malpractice cases and advises on minimizing the risk of malpractice suits through the use of such modern tools as electronic medical records.
Electronic medical records (EMRs) may represent the inevitable future of the healthcare industry, but many hospitals and physicians have been surprisingly slow to adopt this useful technology because of the initial cost. However, while setting up an electronic system and transferring patient records does require an initial investment of time and money, studies indicate that these systems make up for the cost with efficiency savings in three years or less.
Aside from the savings, EMRs make a real difference in patient health outcomes as well. EMRs can reduce hospital stays, decrease incidents of adverse drug reactions, and improve inpatient care and follow-up. This is because EMRs help to address common information management problems that can lead to medical errors, such as illegible writing, inaccessible records, and lack of an automated process to check for patient allergies and drug interactions.