One Click Away: Risks of the Electronic Health Record

Program Description

Although EHRs may offer opportunities to improve healthcare, electronic records may result in unforeseen liability exposure for physicians either through user error or in a system and technology design error. A recent closed claims study from The Doctors Company identifies how those unintended consequences are impacting patient safety and what a physician can do to make changes and improve the delivery of quality healthcare.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Explain four benefits of an electronic health record (EHR).
  • Discuss two components of an EHR security risk analysis.
  • Detail three potential user errors when using an EHR system.
  • Review strategies on how to become an effective EHR user.



No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.



Sara Olson, BSN, RN, Director, Quality Factor, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors company


Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.


The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Course ID#:    TDS 16190.7
Issue Date for This Activity: 08/03/16
Expiration Date for This Activity: 11/10/16



The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.


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