REDUCING RISK AND FIDUCIARY EXPOSURE
Reduce Your Risk Due to New EHR Installs - Example of Individual Risk
For two days, Ronisky, a young lawyer, had been suffering from severe headaches while a disorienting fever left him struggling to tell the 911 operator his address. (Source) Suspecting meningitis, a doctor at the hospital performed a spinal tap, and the next day an infectious disease specialist typed in an order for a critical lab test — to check the spinal fluid for viruses, including herpes simplex — into the hospital’s EHR.
The system had been installed at the hospital about four months earlier. Although the order appeared on the vendor EHR system’s screen, it was not transmitted to the lab. It turned out that the vendor software didn’t fully “interface” with the lab’s software. According to a lawsuit Ronisky filed in February 2017 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, his results and diagnosis were delayed by days, he claimed — during which time he suffered irreversible brain damage from herpes encephalitis. The suit alleged the mishap delayed doctors from giving him a drug called acyclovir that might have minimized brain damage.