All EMR Charts Are Not The Same
In an age of regulations, you have to maintain complete, accurate, accessible records or you can get into trouble with lawyers, insurance companies, and HIPAA.
Using a paper chart has the dubious benefit of being traditional—if you don’t mind gambling on having lawyers interpret your personal shorthand. Also understand that in this age of technology patients might feel a little restless at the sight of their physician recording his or her observations and assessments in an illegible scrawl. On the other hand, patients are often impressed with offices that have implemented the technology of EMR.
Malpractice lawyers love ambiguity in hand written charts. “Can you tell me again doctor what this sentence means?” Some of the hungrier lawyers cultivate an ability to raise one eyebrow when they ask that question. A slight mocking tone also impresses juries.