In what has been touted by industry experts as, “…the most important article no one [else] will read”, The Sedona Conference Journal has released an article diagnosing the many legal “illnesses” that plague Electronical Health Records (EHR), and the subsequent sharing of private information.  EHR was once regarded as the savior of health care information sharing, offering promises of improved communication, effective multi-functionality, decreased costs, and patient care improvement. These are steep aspirations and EHR is struggling to make the climb.

Advize has touched upon Electronic Health Records in the past but we think it is important to acknowledge that while the implementation of EHR has seen some success – there is a detrimental need for improvement in clinical care, law, and everywhere in between.

EHRs lack of uniformity, or standardization amongst providers and the blatant lack of interoperability have caused less than stellar performances in the clinical and business environments. The paper published by Sedona suggests that approaching improvements from a judiciary perspective will allow Electronic Health Records to reach their full potential. Through examining the laws of evidence and civil discovery, Sedona believes that EHRs will be able to truly comply to the pillars of healthcare including: authenticity, cooperation, and relevance.

This article was collectively written by both legal and medical practitioners and is an impressive 100 pages long, but the Advize team highly recommends that you take the time to review the content and step into another perspective for just a few moments.