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10 essential provisions to include in EHR contracts
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As more healthcare organizations are considering potential changes in electronic health records systems, providers need to take a fresh look at the contracts they’re signing. Providers need to insert more protections in their legal documents as they make decisions to change vendors; in addition, the importance of contractual language became more apparent this past year in light of events surrounding the federal government’s $155 million settlement with eClinicalWorks over allegations made in a False Claims Act lawsuit, says Corinne Smith, healthcare attorney with Strasburger & Price, LLP.

As providers look to assess contracts with EHR vendors, here are some key provisions that contracts should contain to improve organizations’ legal protection.