Lunch & Learn - How EHRs and Malpractice Affect IT Staff

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 11:30 to 13:30

Texas Woman's University - Houston
Room 1120 - First floor lobby area
6700 Fannin Street.
Houston, TX 77030


Non-member Price: 

This session will explore how EHRs have affected how medical malpractice cases are handled and the effect throughout the IT department.  When a malpractice case is filed, the hospital must provide detailed information regarding details of the patient treatment at the hospital and every encounter during a specific time frame.  This includes detailed EHR audit trails, copies of the patient’s complete medical records, written policies and procedures, nursing and medical guidelines, and any written documentation that might be on paper regarding the patient.  For most IT departments, we are required to provide a copy of the patient’s EHR audit trail – but it’s not that simple.  Plaintiff attorneys have learned to ask for numerous documents, reports, and written policies and the IT department must understand what they are asking for and what to provide the attorneys.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the recent-past and predicted effects of EHRs on malpractice prevention and defense
  • How can and does the EHR help in delivering good care? What gaps have vendors not disclosed?
  • Examples of legal cases and what was the IT department asked to investigate


  • Mark R. Anderson, LFHIMSS, CPHIMS – President of Houston Chapter of HIMSS, former CIO with 5 IDN’s and has worked on 42 different legal cases as an Expert Witness in the past 7 years