Electronic health records expert witness candidates typically have areas of expertise in healthcare system administration, health law and policy, computer science, medical billing, medical record review, information technology, and/or healthcare compliance. The chosen expert could be associated with a health information industry organization such as the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Healthcare Business Management Association (HBMA), HL7 International, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), or the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, the lead attorney may request a professional with prior expert witness testimony experience. An expert witness must not only have the appropriate substantive expertise but should also possess the ability to explain the facts of the case to a judge and jury.
An electronic health record (EHR) refers to the health information of patients or populations, while an electronic medical record (EMR) is the actual patient record created by providers, and is a data source for an EHR. In the simplest of terms, an electronic health record (EHR) is patient health information in a digital format. An EHR system is designed to accurately and securely store data, create an audit trail, and make it easier to share critical information with between health care providers. The main purpose is to streamline and improve patient care, and the data can also indicate patient and population health trends. The HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act), promotes the meaningful use of health information technology. It addresses the privacy and security concerns with health information electronic transmission, and strengthens enforcement of HIPAA rules. In addition to information generated and stored by a healthcare provider, EHR also includes:
Example litigation support matters requiring an expert in electronic health record technology include medical malpractice cases, intellectual property (patent infringement, trade secrets), false claims, and health insurance fraud. Expert witness services by a subject matter expert in electronic health records could include expert report preparation, computer forensics, expert opinion, deposition testimony, and courtroom testimony. A forensic expert is often called upon to educate the court on details about electronic evidence. An electronic health records expert witness could work alongside a clinician or medical expert to support a case. Cahn Litigation Services has placed many EHR experts. Representative cases have encompassed:
Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for an expert witness around quickly. The firm has years of experience providing law firms with health information technology candidates with the right balance of expertise and testimony experience to support each unique project.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Electronic Health Records experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Electronic Health Records landscape.
This expert is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in healthcare information management, quality management, and compliance. This expert has conducted healthcare fraud and abuse coding compliance defense reviews and clinical documentation audits for healthcare organizations. This expert has worked as a compliance consultant and conducted medically necessity reviews for healthcare organizations and law, having worked on Urology specifically.
This expert is a national speaker, author and adjunct professor on the topics of health information operations, information governance, e-discovery and healthcare compliance. This expert is an active member of the Health Level Seven (HL-7) Working Group, responsible for the review and development of the Records Management and Evidentiary Support (RM-ES) profile for the design and development of the functional profile for electronic health record systems. This expert has also been an active member and contributor in AHIMA task forces and working groups related to information governance and the functional design and profile of electronic health record (EHR) systems. This expert is a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention and Production, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Society for Healthcare. This expert holds an MBA, a Master of Jurisprudence degree in Health Law and Policy, and Post Baccalaureate in Clinical Informatics. This expert has provided expert witness services to both plaintiff and defense counsel.