You're dozing off in front of late-night TV. An insistent voice jerks you awake. "Have you been injured because of your doctor or hospital's use of electronic health records?" asks the TV lawyer. "Call the number on your screen to see if you may be eligible to receive a monetary award!"

Nightmare or tomorrow's reality? EHRs, properly implemented, are generally considered a boon to care quality and safety, with their reminders, care protocols, and readability. EHRs can help providers avoid making the types of mistakes that can land them in court.

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