Information is power, but the consequences of mismanaging information in the health care industry can be severe. Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems provide comprehensive real-time patient medical information in an electronic format that can be accessed instantly and securely by authorized users to promote management of diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunizations, and laboratory test results. EHR systems have become widely used by health care providers in large part due to government initiatives such as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which provided over US$35 billion in incentives to promote and expand the adoption and use of EHRs by eligible hospitals and providers.
- Vigilance for potential non-compliance is key and due diligence of EHR system vendors and arrangements are key components of any fulsome compliance program.
- Financial and reputational costs of non-compliance related to EHR systems are significant.
- The consequences of private litigation and government investigations and prosecutions are severe.
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