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Audit Trails Not Part of the Official Medical Record


During medical malpractice litigation, plaintiff lawyers sometimes request the audit trails for a patient's electronic health record (EHR) as well as the records themselves. At the University of Pittsburg Medical Center (UPMC), we routinely deny requests for audit trails. There are 2 types of audit trails. Personnel audits are useful for determining what EHRs a particular person viewed. Chart audits show who looked at a particular patient's record, and this is almost always the typ more...
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