Norwich facility sued over EMR error

Recent technological advances in the healthcare industry allow providers to deliver a much-improved level of care to patients in Connecticut compared to previous generations. Yet for all of the advantages that these new tools at their disposal offer, doctors must now deal with new challenges related to them.

Among those is the sense of complacency that may set in regarding the background tasks related to the delivery of care. So many of the technological improvements related to healthcare address administrative issues (such as electronic medical records). Clinicians need to remain vigilant against errors occurring with the digital management and storage of patient records, as a failure to do so often impacts care.

Electronic medical record blamed for oversight

Such was the result according to a medical malpractice lawsuit recently filed against a Norwich facility. According to Healthcare IT News, a local couple claims that an error in the facility’s newly implemented electronic medical record led to them not knowing the mother to be a carrier of the gene for cystic fibrosis. They believed that the facility’s EMR indicated the completion of a genetic screening testing for the gene (which in reality never occurred). Had they had this information, the couple claims they would not have pursued a second pregnancy (the result of which was a daughter born with cystic fibrosis).

Assigning accountability for administrative errors

Some might think that one can only cite medical malpractice in cases involving a provider’s direct care. That is not the case. Healthcare is a comprehensive experience, with every element of it working in concert to ensure the best possible outcome. One may reasonably view a provider overlooking any aspect of it as negligence. Those looking to hold healthcare professionals responsible for such negligence may wish to consult with an experienced legal professional to discuss their options.