Assess the risks in EHR vendor contracting

Providers need to look beyond electronic health record vendor contracts themselves and take a risk management approach when evaluating an EHR purchase, since there are so many vendor-related risks that can adversely affect them, according to John Christiansen, a health attorney with Seattle-based Christiansen IT Law. Some of those risks, according to Christiansen, speaking on a recent webinar conducted by the American Bar Association's Health Law Section, include operational risk, risk to reputation and risks to patients. "You need to know what the risks are and how to mitigate or deal with them. It could be a very negative hit," he said. – read the full report from FierceEMR