$1B lawsuit against eClinicalWorks alleges negligence with EHR, but are similar cases to follow?

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In a $1 billion lawsuit against Massachusetts-based electronic health records (EHR) vendor eClinicalWorks, plaintiffs allege the company failed to provide reliable health information for millions of patients, violating certification requirements set by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).

The lawsuit claims eClinicalWorks’ EHR displayed incorrect medical information, showed multiple patients’ information simultaneously and failed to update users' medical history.

HealthcareInfoSecurity.com reported additional companies could face similar lawsuits should they fail to maintain the integrity of EHRs, though some experts say such negligence could be difficult to prove.

Privacy attorney David Holtzman of security consulting firm CynergisTek said the likelihood of healthcare providers administering treatment are greater targets for lawsuits than EHR providers, because injury caused by a third-party service provider is a tough case to make.

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