Chhoda Says that Malpractice and Negligence Litigation Can be Avoided with an EMR System

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Malpractice and negligence are two of the most feared terms in the medical profession which can cause irreparable damage to reputations and can cost millions of dollars. Private practice marketing and electronic medical record (EMR) expert, Nitin Chhoda, recently said that an EMR can provide detailed documentation needed to help avoid litigation.

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An EMR is a digital link to every facet of a client’s healthcare record. It can be accessed by multiple healthcare providers equipped with an EMR and is instantly updated.

“It all begins with an in-depth understanding of exactly what negligence and malpractice incorporates,” said Chhoda. “An electronic medical record has the necessary tools for complete patient documentation and provides therapists with access to significant information from multiple providers when developing treatment.”

There’s no need for therapists to rely on patient memory to recall medications, surgeries or diagnostic testing when developing a treatment plan. The patient’s entire medical history is contained within the EMR. An EMR is a digital link to every facet of a client’s healthcare record. It can be accessed by multiple healthcare providers equipped with an EMR and is instantly updated.

According to Chhoda, the key is maintaining precise physical therapy documentation, even for routine visits. He noted that his new tips for using an EMR can easily make the difference between winning and losing litigation that charge negligence, malfeasance and malpractice. He said therapists should never rush through exams, even if they’re running behind in their patient load.

An EMR provides practitioners with the ability to connect, confer and consult with other medical professionals immediately and securely if there’s any doubt concerning the patient. He advised practitioners to double check all available information, especially if the client is new to the practice or if the patient’s condition is unclear.

Prescription medications have improved the lives of many, but they can present a major problem for prescribers. Therapists should take extra time to explain medication dosages, potential side effects, risks and options.

All clinicians should require that patients sign documentation signifying they received the information and understand it. Physical therapy EMR allows therapists to create customized forms and store that documentation digitally.

Enriching good patient-therapist relationships is the goal of every clinic owner, but practitioners should never forget that the potential for a lawsuit exists with every patient. Chhoda’s new data on the use of EMRs to avoid malpractice and negligence litigation provides clinicians with sound precautions and simple methods for protecting themselves from a lawsuit. Such charges can irreparably damage a therapist’s reputation and create a financial drain on the practice from which it might not ever recover.

Chhoda’s office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at http://www.emrnews.com.

About Nitin Chhoda
Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT is a licensed physical therapist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an entrepreneur. He is the author of "Physical Therapy Marketing For The New Economy" and "Marketing for Physical Therapy Clinics" and is a prolific speaker, writer and creator of products and systems to streamline medical billing and coding, electronic medical records, health care practice management and marketing to increase referrals. He has been featured in numerous industry magazines, major radio and broadcast media, and is the founder of Referral Ignition training systems and the annual Private Practice Summit. Chhoda speaks extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Asia. He is also the creator of the Therapy Newsletter and Clinical Contact, both web-based services to help private practices improve communication with patients, delivery better quality of care and boost patient retention.

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