Course: Risk Management Consult: Electronic Medicine, 2nd Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 5
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 4.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 1/1/2021
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
EHRs, telemedicine, social media, and more!

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Risk Management Consult
Electronic Medicine, 2nd Edition


While electronic medicine offers a myriad of benefits for improving health care access and quality while freeing up more of your time for direct patient care, these benefits also create new liability risks that you need to understand and look out for. Above all, it’s important to not be lulled into a false sense of security that the technology is infallible. As fast and accurate as electronic data processing may be, it still relies on humans to enter the data, and human error is inevitable. And, as we’ll see, once human error enters the system, it tends to get passed on or replicated until another human notices and corrects it. Too often, that only happens after the patient has been injured. And it’s not the electronic devices that get sued as a result.


Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:

1.  Describe the liability risks that are reduced by electronic health record (EHR) systems, as well as the new risks they create.
2.  Explain how telemedicine communications can unwittingly give rise to a physician-patient communication.
3.  Describe appropriate and inappropriate approaches to Internet prescribing.
4.  Explain the liability risks and benefits of consultations via videoconferencing.

Target Audience
This course is appropriate for all physicians who use technology of any kind in their practices.


This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test.  Physicians should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.


This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D.  Their CVs are available at

CME Information

Medical Risk Management, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.  Medical Risk Management, Inc. designates this  enduring material  for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated time to complete this activity: 5 hours

.Commercial Support

This activity was developed solely by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without any commercial support.


Neither Dr. Gafner nor Dr. Schutte have anything to disclose.

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