Right now policymakers, hospitals, doctors and technology companies are debating the best ways to give all healthcare providers in America computer access to injured persons’ medical records concerning their personal injury.
Obviously, there is some appeal to the concept of an electronic file controlled by a patient or injured person that is accessible at all times. With permission from the injured person, doctors, hospitals and insurers could continually update his or her file with new medical procedures, prescriptions and tests.
Our firm’s San Diego personal injury lawyers question if we can really trust a computer to maintain our health or accurately determine medical bills. For the present, this system is tracking medical records, but is it really possible for us to rely on machines to diagnose illnesses properly or suggest the correct form of treatment for personal injuries?
If you have a chronic health condition or are taking care of a family member with a similar condition, electronic records might make a lot of sense, but these are minor exceptions.
Already people have discovered problems and bugs with this system.
One electronic record system has already had a tough time staying up to date and keeping accurate information involving patients.
Our personal injury lawyers in San Diego worry that this creates a potential hazard because if injured persons cannot receive the correct information regarding medical treatment there is the possibility of a wrongful death accident occurring.
It also brings into question about how to operate this system for injured persons, patients, and elderly people who do not have access to a computer for one reason or another.
What if all of your medical records become solely electronic and in a time of need — such as a car accident or personal injury — you do not have access to them?
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SENIOR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY & FIRM FOUNDER
Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines