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ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS AUDIT TRAILS

Gain an understanding of the audit trails that are involved within electronic medical records for liability reasons. All who are involved in medical malpractice litigation (lawyers, health care risk managers, claims professionals, medical licensing agents) know how important the record is in evaluating a medical professional liability claim. Unlike paper medical records, the electronic medical record (EMR) can provide a detailed accounting of the timing of chart entries and audit of the identities of who have accessed and reviewed the chart. The 'audit trail' request that shows this embedded EMR information has become a standard discovery request and in some instances is being scrutinized more than the actual medical care.