Harvard Study Finds Reduced Malpractice Rate Tied To Use of Electronic Medical Records

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A Harvard Study has determined that lower malpractice rates for healthcare providers are tied to the use of electronic medical records (EMRs). Leading medical record retrieval service provider, MedSave USA, concurs with this assessment and indicates that overall, a greater accuracy is reported with the use of EMRs.

According to a recent study, use of electronic health records may help reduce hefty malpractice settlements for physicians and insurance companies.

The study, which was conducted by Harvard researchers, found that 6.1% of physicians with electronic records had malpractice settlements, compared to 10.8% without electronic records.

"The results of this study indicate that preventing medical malpractice claims may be another compelling reason for physicians, practices and policy-makers to forge ahead with efforts toward universal adoption and optimal usage of electronic health records," said Steven Simon, a professor at Harvard medical School and the lead author of the study, which was published in the November 24 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"This study proves out the essential value brought by the use of electronic medical records," noted Jeff Baker, President of MedSave USA.

"As a provider of medical record retrieval services, we at MedSave USA (http://www.medsaveusa.com) can attest to the fact that hard copied records offer less integrity than their electronic counterparts. But this study only scratches the surface; there are a myriad of reasons supporting the implementation of comprehensive health IT system in the U.S., including improved healthcare, fewer medical errors, greater economy, and the generation of new jobs," he concluded.

About MedSave USA

MedSave USA is a leading national provider of medical record retrieval services to the insurance industry, legal firms, and third party administrators (TPAs).For more than 15 years, MedSave has served the needs of its clients, delivering unsurpassed economy in tandem with high-tech record retrieval solutions. MedSave's proprietary STAR system is a web-based, digital tool that permits client access, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for record retrieval information.

More information is available at http://www.medsaveusa.com.

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